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Audio version of Slate Star Codex. It's just me reading Scott Alexander's Blog Posts.

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Audio version of Slate Star Codex. It's just me reading Scott Alexander's Blog Posts.

    Sleep Support: An Individual Randomized Controlled Trial

    Sleep Support: An Individual Randomized Controlled Trial

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2020/02/17/sleep-support-an-individual-randomized-controlled-trial/

    I worry my sleep quality isn’t great. On weekends, no matter when I go to bed, I sleep until 11 or 12. When I wake up, I feel like I’ve overslept. But if I try to make myself get up earlier, I feel angry and want to go back to sleep.

    A supplement company I trust, Nootropics Depot, recently released a new product called Sleep Support. It advertises that, along with helping you fall asleep faster,

    • 9 min
    Addendum to "Targeting Meritocracy"

    Addendum to "Targeting Meritocracy"

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2020/02/14/addendum-to-targeting-meritocracy/

    I’ve always been dissatisfied with Targeting Meritocracy and the comments it got. My position seemed so obvious to me – and the opposite position so obvious to other people – that we both had to be missing something.

    Reading it over, I think I was missing the idea of conflict vs mistake theory.

    I wrote the post from a mistake theory perspective. The government exists to figure out how to solve problems.

    • 3 min
    Confirmation Bias As Misfire of Normal Bayesian Reasoning

    Confirmation Bias As Misfire of Normal Bayesian Reasoning

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2020/02/12/confirmation-bias-as-misfire-of-normal-bayesian-reasoning/

    From the subreddit: Humans Are Hardwired To Dismiss Facts That Don’t Fit Their Worldview. Once you get through the preliminary Trump supporter and anti-vaxxer denunciations, it turns out to be an attempt at an evo psych explanation of confirmation bias:

    Our ancestors evolved in small groups, where cooperation and persuasion had at least as much to do with reproductive success as holding accurate

    • 5 min
    Welcome (?), Infowars Readers

    Welcome (?), Infowars Readers

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2020/02/12/welcome-infowars-readers/

    Hello to all the new readers I’ve gotten from, uh, Paul Watson of Infowars. Before anything else, consider reading this statement by the CDC about vaccines.

    Still here? Fine.

    Infowars linked here with the headline Survey Finds People Who Identify As Left Wing More Likely To Have Been Diagnosed With A Mental Illness. This is accurate only insofar as the result uses the publicly available data I provide.

    • 4 min
    Autogenderphilia Is Common and Not Especially Related to Transgender

    Autogenderphilia Is Common and Not Especially Related to Transgender

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2020/02/10/autogenderphilia-is-common-and-not-especially-related-to-transgender/

    “Autogynephilia” means becoming aroused by imagining yourself as a woman. “Autoandrophilia” means becoming aroused by imagining yourself as a man. There’s no term that describes both, but we need one, so let’s say autogenderphilia.

    These conditions are famous mostly because a few sexologists, especially Ray Blanchard and Michael Bailey, speculate that they are the most common cause

    • 17 min
    Suicide Hotspots of the World

    Suicide Hotspots of the World

    https://slatestarcodex.com/2020/02/05/suicide-hotspots-of-the-world/

    [Content warning: suicide, rape, child abuse. Thanks to MC for some help with research.]

    I.

    Guyana has the highest national suicide rate in the world, 30 people per year per 100,000. Guyana has poverty and crime and those things, but no more so than neighboring Brazil (suicide rate of 6) or Venezuela (suicide rate of 4). What’s going on?

    One place to start: Guyana is a multi-ethnic country.

    • 21 min

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As I don’t always have time to read the blog, it’s great to have an audio option.

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