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Astral Codex Ten Podcast

Apr 29, 2020



Actually, no. You should not do this. Most of you were probably already not doing this, and I support your decision. But if you want a 2000 word essay on some reasons to consider this, and then some other reasons why those reasons are...

Apr 25, 2020

My last post didn’t really go to deep into why I dislike the way we do health insurance so much.

Of course, there are the usual criticisms based on compassion and efficiency. Compassion because poor people can’t get access...

Apr 22, 2020



Amish people spend only a fifth as much as you do on health care, and their health is fine. What can we learn from them?

A reminder: the Amish are a German religious sect who immigrated to colonial America. Most of them live apart from...

Apr 17, 2020


Depressed people have worse sense of smell, and people with worse sense of smell are more likely to get depressed. Kohli 2016 tries to figure out what’s going on.

They review six studies testing how well depressed people can smell things....

Apr 16, 2020



Vox asks What Went Wrong With The Media’s Coronavirus Coverage? They conclude that the media needs to be better at “not just saying what we do know, but what we don’t know”. This raises some important questions. Like: how much ink and...