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May 25, 2022

https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/california-gubernatorial-candidates

California is the home of Alphabet Inc, so it’s symbolically appropriate that we have twenty-six candidates in this year’s gubernatorial primary. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will get bored after looking into two or three. Not...


May 24, 2022

https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/willpower-human-and-machine

Two paragraphs from the mesa-optimizers post, which I quoted again in the adaptation-executors post:

Consider evolution, optimizing the fitness of animals. For a long time, it did so very mechanically, inserting behaviors like “use this cell to detect...


May 22, 2022

https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/your-book-review-making-nature

[This is one of the finalists in the 2022 book review contest. It’s not by me - it’s by an ACX reader who will remain anonymous until after voting is done, to prevent their identity from influencing your decisions. I’ll be posting about one of...


May 19, 2022

https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/lavenders-game-silexan-for-anxiety

1: What is silexan?

There are dozens of natural supplements that purport to treat anxiety. Most have a few small sketchy studies backing them up. Together, they form a big amorphous mass of claims that nobody has the patience to sift through or...


May 18, 2022

https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/link-troof-on-nootropics

Should have signal-boosted this earlier, forgot, sorry.

The author of the blog Troof sort of replicated my 2020 nootropics survey. But instead of another survey, they made a recommendation engine. You rated all the nootropics you’d taken, and it compared...