HWFO Reading List May 2023
Compilation of articles, new and old, being discussed by the HWFO community
Peter Boghossian keeps stealing my material, or rather, replicating it independently with wider reach right after I write something. Which is cool, it’s no big deal, the important thing is the distribution of sane concepts for the betterment of society. But I did notice his director of content reads HWFO, so that’s sorta funny.
Hey Gina, if you’re reading this, reach out and see if you can squeeze me in as a guest. I’ll buy you a beer.
David Yamane of Wake Forest and Gun Culture 2.0 fame wrote this great piece about absolute vs relative risk.
Joel Kotkin wrote this in 2020 for Quillette, characterizing the two different kinds of middle classes we have in America, yeomanry and clerisy.
The Wikipedia article on Folk Theorems (game theory) is interesting because it describes how the Nash Equilibria change depending on whether you’re playing a game once or playing it in infinite series. Applicable to social evolution / etc.
October 2021 Spectator Throwback talks about how the New York Times broke, and broke the rest of journalism in the process.
The Manhattan Institute did a numbers breakdown on the 2020 homicide spike that’s quite good.
A recent study in Neuropsychopharmacology identified the dose-response relationships of LSD experiences in humans.
A fascinating article in The Critic discusses oikophobia, and the cycle of self-contempt.
Media Be Craycray:
More Haidt on social media / mental illness:
And again, since that’s his thing:
Which ties in well with this.
Scott Alexander puts together a headscratcher, which seems to indicate that some portion (but probably not all) of Long Covid is mental.