Robin HansonWhether you want more or fewer immigrants, you should want better immigrants. Here's a prediction market way to do this. It's a pull-the-rope-sideways proposal designed to improve policy on a hot-button topic, without taking a side on topic’s main dispute.
By Michael Munger | If you think Sweden is socialist, then you know something that just ain’t so.
Robin Hanson"Sweden is the 6th most protective of private property rights, of all the nations in the world. … the most privatized pension system, by far, in all of Europe. Sweden has a 100% universal voucher system for education."
How a liberal Harvard professor became Trump’s most distinguished defender on TV, freaked out his friends and got the legal world up in arms.
Robin HansonPerhaps because: "Dershowitz … was making the case that the Mueller investigation is dangerous to our entire system. … 'What happened to Alan Dershowitz?' In certain circles—the legal academy, defense attorneys, Martha’s Vineyard—it is THE question"
A USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll finds wide suspicion of college admissions and opposition to legal preferences for alums, athletes and minorities.
Robin Hanson"By 67-19 percent, those surveyed say college admissions favor the rich and powerful, a sentiment that crosses partisan lines. Three in four Democrats call the system generally unfair; so do three in five Republicans."
The Civil War is perhaps the most misunderstood event in the history of the United States while ironically, appears to be the single…
Robin Hanson"In 1860, nearly all [US] federal tax revenue was generated by tariffs … Southern states were paying the majority (~ 80%) of the tariffs with an impending new tariff that would nearly triple the rate of taxation… much of the tax revenues … to Northern"
Belief in moralizing gods followed the expansion of human societies and may have been preceded by doctrinal rituals that contributed to the initial rise of social complexity.
Robin HansonMoral gods need a million subjects: “prosocial supernatural punishment tend to appear only after the emergence of ‘megasocieties’ with populations of more than around one million people.”
In conversation, the 2019 Templeton Prize winner does not pull punches on the limits of science, the value of humility and the irrationality of nonbelief
Robin Hanson"atheism is inconsistent with the scientific method [SM]. What I mean by that is, what is atheism? It’s a statement, a categorical statement that expresses belief in nonbelief." So all belief statements are inconsistent with SM?! So much the worse for SM.
Offer of visiting fellowship to controversial professor resulted in backlash from faculty and students
Robin HansonThe pronoun wars escalate: "Cambridge University has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to Jordan Peterson … after a backlash from faculty & students. … 'is an inclusive environment & … no place here for anyone who cannot [uphold this]'"
Robin Hanson"Q-learning algorithms in a workhorse oligopoly model of price competition with Logit demand and constant marginal costs. In this setting the algorithms consistently learn to charge supra-competitive prices, without communicating with one another"
Simply holding meritocracy as a value seems to promote discriminatory behavior.
Robin Hanson"research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that believing in meritocracy makes people more selfish, less self-critical, and even more prone to acting in discriminatory ways. Meritocracy is not only wrong; it’s bad." Not if that's a good view set.