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I had some spare thoughts lying around. The quote sources you can find through Google:
“Making yourself happy is not best achieved by having true beliefs, primarily because the contribution of true beliefs to material comfort is a public good that you can free ride on, but the signaling benefits and happiness benefits of convenient falsehoods pay back locally, i.e. you personally benefit from your adoption of convenient falsehoods.”
“I am not an object. I am not a noun. I am an adjective. I am the way matter behaves when it is organized in a John K Clark-ish way. At the present time only one chunk of matter in the universe behaves that way; someday that could change.” – John K Clark
Why should it be legal to scratch a dog behind the ears (as long as it’s free to move away), but illegal to engage in sexual acts with a dog (as long as it’s free to move away). – from Peter Singer
“I was also going to give a graduation speech in Arizona this weekend. But with my accent, I was afraid they would try to deport me.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It’s terrifying to think of the risks I run cooking for myself every night without a license: “A cook is a person that prepares food for consumption. In Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Canada this professions requires government approval (examination after 3 years apprenticeship).”
Why shouldn’t polygamy and polyandry be legal forms of marriage? Are they so inarguably inferior family structures?
Stress seems very bad for your happiness and health, but is largely acceptable and unregulated compared to drugs/gambling/obesity/other vices. What explains the difference?
“Obeying is low status, so how do we convince people to obey?”
“Things not only could be worse, they always were.” – David Brin
“An anonymous math department chairman reports on his own strategy for cutting down on the workload. He believes that one of the most important determinants of a successful career is luck. So each year, he randomly rejects half the applicants without even reading their folders. That way, he eliminates the unlucky ones.”
“I could spend the rest of my life having this conversation. Please try to understand before one of us dies.” – Basil Faulty
“The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern.” – Daniel Dennett
“After controlling for initial health conditions, we find that happiness extends life expectancy. 10 percent increase in happiness decreases probability of death by four percent, and this effect is more pronounced for men and younger people. Marriage decreases mortality and this effect appears to work through increased happiness.”
“I remember in an Australian Human Rights Law class a girl tried to say that a mother who is studying at university and has a child has a FUNDAMENTAL human right to a car. I dropped my pen.”
Aid Watch – Bill Easterly asks that development aid does some good and calls it out when it doesn’t.
Cheap Talk – Two economics professors musing on how their profession explains their every day experiences.
The Reality Based Community – Policy wonk Mark Kleinman’s insights on crime and drug policy as well as US politics in general.
Accelerating Future – Young futurist Michael Anissimov looks at the latest news on technological developments and the AI community.