Posted by: CJ | August 12, 2010

Bountiful Links: A Random Collection

Buncha links.

Two interesting “wikiHow” articles on dating aspies: First and Second.

An Onion article on “Gay Man, Unattractive Woman Form Tight Bond”. Excerpt:

According to psychiatrist Dr. Angela Paschal, Gwinn and Ayler’s relationship makes perfect sense.

“For Debbie, Curtis is an ideal partner,” Paschal said. “He provides friendship, emotional support, and a certain sense of exoticism via his homosexuality. And since she is long-accustomed to not having sex, she barely even misses that component in her quasi-romance. As for Curtis, he receives from Debbie social respectability, unconditional acceptance, and a major ego boost via her obvious but unspoken crush on him. Best of all, he doesn’t have to feel the tiniest bit guilty or uncomfortable about her attraction to him because the relationship can never be consummated, thanks to his homosexuality. Curtis and Debbie enjoy a symbiotic relationship of the highest, most dysfunctional order.”

Scott Sumner thinks we’ve spent the last several centuries gradually becoming a more utilitarian society. (In response to Greg Mankiw saying taxing the tall because tall people earn more is an absurd idea.) Money Quote:

I suspect that Mankiw and I have pretty similar views on optimal tax regimes, but I get there from a different direction.  I don’t think we can rely on moral intuitions.  At various points in history our moral intuitions about the dignity of aristocrats was quite different.  Our moral intuitions about war and slavery have changed.  Ditto for women’s rights, civil rights, and gay rights.  Indeed our views on gay rights are still changing, as the younger generation has more liberal views than the older generation.  And what do you notice about all these changes?  In every single case our moral intuitions have moved in the direction of utilitarianism.

Robin Hanson says professionals are incredibly overconfident about their abilities.

Jim Henley at Unqualified Offerings compares low-road and high-road approaches to problems. Basic gist:

[…]what we see over and over again is that we judge high-road approaches as failures unless they produce nigh-instant and complete favorable results, while we show nearly infinite patience for journeys down the low road.

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