Ineffective Theory

Links for November 2020

Andrew Gelman argues that (in thus-and-such narrow context) experience is overrated. The point of that post isn’t that experience is overrated, though. At least, the meta-level point (the reason you should read it, maybe not the reason Gelman wrote it) is an extraordinary demonstration of humility.

Robin Hanson interprets prestige as mob-enforced dominance (whereas usually, dominance is enforced by the person doing the dominating).

“America’s laziest and dumbest judge” has passed away. RIP Judge Richard Neely.

Some claims that the Great Stagnation is coming to an end. I can’t claim to be impressed. The first tweet cited focuses largely on technologies that were invented during the supposed Great Stagnation!