nhaliday + peter-singer   5

Book Review: Singer on Marx | Slate Star Codex
But in fact Marx was philosophically opposed, as a matter of principle, to any planning about the structure of communist governments or economies. He would come out and say “It is irresponsible to talk about how communist governments and economies will work.” He believed it was a scientific law, analogous to the laws of physics, that once capitalism was removed, a perfect communist government would form of its own accord. There might be some very light planning, a couple of discussions, but these would just be epiphenomena of the governing historical laws working themselves out. Just as, a dam having been removed, a river will eventually reach the sea somehow, so capitalism having been removed society will eventually reach a perfect state of freedom and cooperation.

...

Conservatives always complain that liberals “deny human nature”, and I had always thought that complaint was unfair. Like sure, liberals say that you can make people less racist, and one could counterargue that a tendency toward racism is inborn, but it sure seems like you can make that tendency more or less strongly expressed and that this is important. This is part of the view I argue in Nature Is Not A Slate, It’s A Series Of Levers.

But here I have to give conservatives their due. As far as I can tell, Marx literally, so strongly as to be unstrawmannable, believed there was no such thing as human nature and everything was completely malleable.

Feuerbach resolves the essence of religion into the essence of man. But the essence of man is no abstraction inherent in each single individual. In reality, it is the ensemble of the social relations.
ratty  yvain  ssc  books  review  summary  critique  big-peeps  philosophy  history  early-modern  europe  germanic  communism  roots  economics  left-wing  civilization  whiggish-hegelian  -_-  definite-planning  kumbaya-kult  biodet  class-warfare  polanyi-marx  peter-singer 
june 2017 by nhaliday
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everday Life
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V84_F1QWdeU

A Book Response Prediction: https://www.overcomingbias.com/2017/03/a-book-response-prediction.html
I predict that one of the most common responses will be something like “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” While the evidence we offer is suggestive, for claims as counterintuitive as ours on topics as important as these, evidence should be held to a higher standard than the one our book meets. We should shut up until we can prove our claims.

I predict that another of the most common responses will be something like “this is all well known.” Wise observers have known and mentioned such things for centuries. Perhaps foolish technocrats who only read in their narrow literatures are ignorant of such things, but our book doesn’t add much to what true scholars and thinkers have long known.

https://nintil.com/2018/01/16/this-review-is-not-about-reviewing-the-elephant-in-the-brain/
http://www.overcomingbias.com/2018/01/a-long-review-of-elephant-in-the-brain.html
https://nintil.com/2018/01/28/ad-hoc-explanations-a-rejoinder-to-hanson/

Elephant in the Brain on Religious Hypocrisy:
http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/01/elephant_in_the.html
http://www.overcomingbias.com/2018/01/caplan-critiques-our-religion-chapter.html
books  postrat  simler  hanson  impro  anthropology  insight  todo  X-not-about-Y  signaling  🦀  new-religion  psychology  contrarianism  👽  ratty  rationality  hidden-motives  2017  s:**  p:null  ideas  impetus  multi  video  presentation  unaffiliated  review  summary  education  higher-ed  human-capital  propaganda  nationalism-globalism  civic  domestication  medicine  meta:medicine  healthcare  economics  behavioral-econ  supply-demand  roots  questions  charity  hypocrisy  peter-singer  big-peeps  philosophy  morality  ethics  formal-values  cog-psych  evopsych  thinking  conceptual-vocab  intricacy  clarity  accuracy  truth  is-ought  realness  religion  theos  christianity  islam  cultural-dynamics  within-without  neurons  EEA  analysis  article  links  meta-analysis  survey  judaism  compensation  labor  correlation  endogenous-exogenous  causation  critique  politics  government  polisci  political-econ  emotion  health  study  list  class  art  status  effective-altruism  evidence-based  epistemic  error  contradiction  prediction  culture  aphorism  quotes  discovery  no 
august 2016 by nhaliday

related tags

-_-  accuracy  albion  ama  analysis  anthropology  aphorism  art  article  backup  behavioral-econ  behavioral-gen  big-peeps  biodet  books  bootstraps  causation  charity  chart  christianity  civic  civilization  clarity  class  class-warfare  cog-psych  commentary  communism  compensation  competition  conceptual-vocab  contradiction  contrarianism  correlation  critique  cultural-dynamics  culture  culture-war  current-events  darwinian  death  debate  definite-planning  dementia  developmental  discovery  domestication  drama  early-modern  economics  education  EEA  effective-altruism  egalitarianism-hierarchy  elite  emotion  endogenous-exogenous  enlightenment-renaissance-restoration-reformation  envy  epistemic  error  ethics  europe  evidence-based  evopsych  expert  expert-experience  formal-values  free-riding  genetics  germanic  gnon  government  hanson  health  healthcare  hidden-motives  higher-ed  history  hive-mind  hmm  human-capital  hypocrisy  ideas  identity-politics  ideology  impetus  impro  inequality  info-dynamics  insight  intricacy  iq  is-ought  islam  journos-pundits  judaism  justice  kinship  kumbaya-kult  labor  left-wing  links  list  lol  medicine  meta-analysis  meta:medicine  morality  multi  murray  nationalism-globalism  neurons  new-religion  news  novelty  org:davos  org:health  org:junk  org:mag  org:sci  other-xtian  p:null  parallax  people  peter-singer  philosophy  polanyi-marx  policy  polisci  political-econ  politics  pop-diff  postrat  prediction  presentation  propaganda  protestant-catholic  psychology  q-n-a  qra  questions  quotes  race  rationality  ratty  realness  redistribution  religion  review  rhetoric  right-wing  roots  s-factor  s:**  scitariat  signaling  simler  social  spearhead  ssc  status  study  summary  supply-demand  survey  technocracy  the-self  theory-of-mind  theos  things  thinking  todo  toxoplasmosis  track-record  truth  twitter  unaffiliated  utopia-dystopia  video  virtu  volo-avolo  westminster  whiggish-hegelian  within-without  X-not-about-Y  yvain  👽  🦀 

Copy this bookmark:



description:


tags: