Imagine two men: Toby and Alex. Toby is the son of a teenage single mother called Jane. Jane dropped out of secondary school, and relied largely on…
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I think that lots of advice given is bad - it isn’t practical, it isn’t insightful, and it is often something that is amazingly obvious to the person…
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Have you ever heard of a Perkins Tractor? If you lived in London in the 18th Century, you could buy a pair of Perkins Tractors (shown above) for the…
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You may have heard of the dichotomy drawn between ‘high decouplers’ and ‘low decouplers’. High decouplers are people who are able to isolate an idea…
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The reporting on the relationship between happiness and income is pretty bad. If you Google ‘happiness + income’, you’ll find a ton of results about a…
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[Note: I’m not super familiar with the literature on the Harm-Benefit Asymmetry so some of this stuff might have been covered a lot by academic…
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The sort of people who read this blog probably already know that their political views are unusual. If you think the amount of immigration should be…
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Lots of writing about the future takes one of two forms: Dystopian: everything is awful! Robots/Fascists/Communists/[Insert baddies here] have brought…
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Noah Smith recently wrote a great post giving advice for people who want to write on Substack. He’s a lot more successful than me, so my advice is less…
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In most developed countries, girls do better than boys at school. There’s a ton of evidence for this - see here, here, or here. This hasn’t always been…
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A higher-than-you-might-expect number of people I know have the opinion that education probably basically doesn’t do anything that will benefit society…
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I take more flights than I should. I try to be a good person in other ways, but I definitely take way too many flights. So far in 2022, I’ve been to…
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