Interesting take on cultural evolution including a micro-review of new James Scott book.

Some rare good news: the grad student waiver tax will not be in the final tax bill.

Percent of people in different countries on who think life is better vs. This article purports to rank all generals and prove that Napoleon was the best.

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23and Me has announced they will fight any such requests; unclear what other companies will do.

No, it’s not just your imagination: recent mystery interstellar asteroid Oumuamuamuamuamuamuamua does look kind of like a spaceship. And Robin Hanson on what it might teach us about interstellar space. And Garrett Jones on which US president made the largest positive contribution to global income (hint: it’s James K.

The world’s largest hotel is in Saudi Arabia, hosts 10,000 guests, and looks pretty much how you would expect the world’s largest hotel in Saudi Arabia to look.

Legends of Chinese immigrants in California, unsourced, sometimes a bit implausible.

Venus only has one earthquake every hundred million years or so, but it’s a doozy. Polk) The 100 most-discussed scientific papers of the year. Related, though you’ve probably seen it already: Deep Mind has made an AI that can learn to play at superhuman level in various games including chess, Japanese chess, and Go – after just a few hours of practice. For those of you who don’t know, they’re a research institute that looks into the possibility of future AI superintelligence and how to make it safe for humans.

A combination of health-relevant, politics-relevant, clickbaity, and groundbreaking new science. The latest thing AI is outperforming humans at, this time very close to my heart: fantasy cartography. I can vouch for them as good people; see also Zvi Mowshowitz’s I Vouch For MIRI. less market freedom seems to be pretty big explanatory variable; being in Latin America doesn’t help.

Specific Factors In Psychotherapy – Opening The Black Box.

Key quote: “Neither variability in competence nor adherence [to the principles of the therapy involved] was related to patient outcome…extent of training might also not be relevant to outcome.” Magic cards with @dril quotes as text.

Commuters okay with a road being illegal to use (except for certain groups), but angry when it was legal to use but with a very high toll.