Fri, Aug 14, 2020, 7:00 PM: (German version and talk summary below)We are excited to invite you to our next meetup which will feature a talk about tort law and vouching by Prof. Robin Hanson, followed
Robin HansonI guess I've just been "deplatformed". The organizers of this talk just told me they must cancel me as "Existing controversies over claims you made elsewhere were just brought to our attention." No more explanation of what claims or why they are a problem.
Robin Hanson"behavioral managers… competitive environments oftentimes promote [them], even under value-maximizing selection mechanisms… market discipline does not ensure the firing of biased decision-makers as board members themselves are subject to biases"
Why there is no "one size fits all" language when it comes to talking about race.
Robin Hanson"'Do I call you African American? … Black? What is the word that people are preferring these days? … So just tell me the word so I can use it and we can go on from there,’' they say. 'But that lacks in nuance. And that lack of nuance is a violence.'”
Robin HansonRemote work (a.k.a. telecommuting) is my guess for the most important neglected trend over the next 30 years. It can create city-type agglomeration & specialization gains over continent or larger areas, via large integrated remote-labor markets.
Robin Hanson"low-status group members responded more negatively to a majority high-status leadership team in an organization seeking to benefit their low-status ingroup (solidarity context), compared with organizations seeking to benefit other groups"
Public health officials in Denmark, Holland, and beyond say they have no intention of recommending face coverings, saying the science does not support it.
“Face masks in public places are not necessary, based on all the current evidence,” said Coen...
Robin Hanson"'From a medical point of view, there is no evidence of a medical effect of wearing face masks' … The top immunologists and epidemiologists in the world can’t decide if masks are helpful in reducing the spread of COVID-19"
Six signs that show you're not just being criticized; you're being canceled.
Robin Hanson"6 warning signs … for cancel culture. Punitiveness … Deplatforming … appear to be organized … recruiting others to pile on? … threat that people who support you will get the same … Moral Grandstanding … things being said about you inaccurate?"
Razors eventually become dull after shaving even though the blade is about 50 times harder than the hair. Whereas edge rounding and brittle cracking of a blade's hard coating were thought to be responsible, a detailed microstructural investigation...
Robin HansonHow razor blades get dull: "though the blade is about 50 times harder than the hair. … combination of out-of-plane bending, microstructural heterogeneity, & … microscopic chips along the smooth edge—sometimes caused fracture"
“The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation.” –George Orwell, 1984 Earth houses …
Robin Hanson!!: "Out of all the major political movements on Earth, none is more Orwellian than 'social justice.' No other movement is so dedicated to achieving the opposite of what its slogans proclaim"
To defeat the virus, we will have to start thinking in years, not months.
Robin Hanson“D.A. … led the effort to eradicate smallpox … said … social distancing … would ruin the economy.… destroy jobs & hamstring education. … Better, he argued, to let the virus burn through the population while concentrating on an effective vaccine.”
When firms issue statements of support for social causes, they don’t always follow through.
Robin Hanson"200 CEOs signed a solemn pledge… to stop caring primarily about their shareholders … actually paid out 20% more of their capital [to shareholders] than similar companies … 20% more prone to announce layoffs"
Using novel corporate Twitter data on all U.S. public firms, we show that firms with a Twitter account earn 50 basis points per month higher returns than simila
Robin Hanson"U.S. public firms… with a Twitter account earn 50 basis points per month higher returns than similar firms without a Twitter account… higher among smaller firms & firms with higher fundamentals uncertainty, & is not explained by existing risk… models"