The World Is Mad

Originally posted on Thing of Things:
I think a formative moment for any rationalist– our “Uncle Ben shot by the mugger” moment, if you will– is the moment you go “holy shit, everyone in the world is fucking insane.” Your dad buys lottery tickets. Your best friend treats her colds with homeopathic remedies. Your sister…

Open Borders: The Only Feminist Immigration Position

Originally posted on Kelly Vee:
An intersectional feminism is one that stands for women of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, and economic backgrounds, not just the middle class white American woman. Feminism involves critiquing existing power structures and empowering ourselves and others to rise above the restraints placed on us by those power structures. If we are serious about gender…

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

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 typical GiveDirectly grant, is just about…