# Links for Jan-Mar 2018

Note: I do not endorse anything in links below.

### Jan

On literature pollution and cottage-industry science: “but our lab only has resources for small $n$ studies” is not a good excuse to publish shit

Different Worlds: nothing makes sense, except in light of individual variation, part $x$ out of $\infty$

Moore’s Law and AGI Timelines: AGI most likely by late 2050s

Open-endedness: The last grand challenge you’ve never heard of: ML on “open-ended” problems is underexplored

In Understanding Business Fluctuations Not all GDP is Equal: shocks to different industries have different impact on GDP, thus the structure of the production can’t be ignored in macro

Dwelling in Possibility: the ability to hold the belief that everything is horrible and it doesn’t matter we will still win simultaneously is pretty important

Longevity FAQ: A beginner’s guide to longevity research

Theory of Change: if you have a goal in mind, move backwards step by step from it to see how to reach it

20 of my [Spencer Greenberg’s] all time favorite life hacks

Re: How do species evolve different numbers of chromosomes?: by inbreeding

The Strangeness of the Modern Mind: modern habits of mind (Universalism, Abstraction, Commensurability) are recent and far from being universal

Poll: Do you have a life mission?: 34% Yes; 31% No; 12% Used to; 23% Hope to

New Evidence on the Impacts of Birth Order: later-born children have worse general outcomes

“I think you fail to understand who is actually in charge of large companies.”

### Feb

The network nonsense of Albert-László Barabási: apparently a dude with h-index of 125 publishes mostly trivialities and nonsense (on networks)

What are the Laws of Biology?: “Most of what we do in biology and much of what we teach is describing what’s happening – not what a system is doing.”

Intelligent Lifespans: “As a rough rule of thumb, those of IQ 115 live 10 years longer than those of IQ 85.”

The importance of awareness for understanding language: “across 10 high-powered studies, we found no evidence that the meaning of a phrase or word could be understood without awareness”

“the unfortunate fuzziness of rape statistics”: nobody really knows the proportion of rape allegations that are sound

The Gender Earnings Gap in the Gig Economy: Evidence from over a Million Rideshare Drivers: Uber male drivers drive faster than female drivers, thus earn more

Evolution doesn’t give a damn what you think a brain region is called

Deep Reinforcement Learning Doesn’t Work Yet

“figuring out a trait is highly heritable does not imply much about how that heritability comes about - whether it’s through an interaction with a social environment, interaction with environments created by the genes of those related to us”

The Song Dynasty’s Surrender: finale of an extremely interesting series on the history of China

### Mar

“I would like to also provide some excerpts from The black quota at Yale Law School”

The David Attenborough Style of Scientific Presentation: explicitly try to make any presentation as fun as possible

“What’s the most absurd/invasive thing that tech platforms do or have done that sounds made-up but is actually true?”

“At what point we can say that Britain has systemic problem with protection of poor white girls?”

Cells are very fast and crowded places: insides of cells work largely probabilistically, not deterministically

Persistence and resistance as complementary bacterial adaptations to antibiotics

Median income earned by cognitive class: longitudinal differences in income by IQ

Differences in exam performance between pupils attending selective and non-selective schools mirror the genetic differences between them

A Review of “The Case Against Education”: signalling theory of education is not trivially true; also, you should continue to heavily discount everything written by Bryan Caplan

Can Electrically Stimulating Your Brain Make You Too Happy?: humans, just like rats, will keep pressing the button

Humans Sleep (Way) Less Than Other Primates

Naked mole rats defy the biological law of aging: i.e. their death probability distribution is uniform over time

Somewhere Inside, a Path to Empathy: asperger’s and marriage

Tinbergen’s Four Questions: prerequisites for understanding any evolved behavior

Gender-segregated occupations in Norway and the U.S are correlated

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Thin-Skin In The Game

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