I read The Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson and discuss its implications for the structure of the mind (and how I was wrong about it), our tendency to value loyalty over expertise, my own blindness, and the future of institutions. Read more (27 min, 6800 words).
I met Robin Hanson this weekend and started to think about how important it is to have people with expertise in several fields. Specifically setting up crossover academic departments could be an interesting experiment. Read more (6 min, 1500 words)