The monkey and the machine: a dual process theory

Originally posted on The sideways view:
I think that it’s worth having a simple picture of my own brain; this post presents my working model, which I’ve found extremely useful. I. The model The monkey is a fast subconscious process, something like an RNN running at 100 Hz with a billion-dimensional hidden state. From a computational perspective, the monkey is where the action is. The monkey doesn’t…

Why i support GiveDirectly

Originally posted on not mad yet:
a GiveDirectly recipient managing their grant on a cellphone; image source: https://www.givedirectly.org/img/socialshare.jpg What would you do with an extra $1,000? I would personally take a couple of months off and ride my bicycle solo from Copenhagen to Istanbul. In fact, that’s what I just did, and $1,000, the size of a…

Education Matters, But Direct Anti-Poverty and Inequality-Reduction Efforts Matter More

Originally posted on 34justice:
I once began a K-12 education talk by putting the following two questions on a screen. 1. What is the single policy change that would most improve the quality of K-12 education? 2. What is the single policy change that would most reduce the opportunity gap between low-income and high-income students?…

Charity hacks

Originally posted on Holly Elmore:
Before I first heard of effective altruism, I didn’t think giving money would be a big thing in my life. I thought my positive impact would come from elsewhere– doing science, not eating animals, doing my civic duty and trying to get the government to prioritize foreign aid more. I…