How to read SlateStarCodex (Scott Alexander) blog

TL;DR tweet version of this post. The cultural revolution has come to SlateStarCodex (which now also has a Wikipedia page). Journalist is threatening to reveal his real name and endanger his work as a shrink. There are multiple good write-ups: Anatoly Karlin – No Country for Gray Tribesmen Tom Chivers – Slate Star Codex must remain…

Crime measurement and the black-white crime gap

A lot of instant experts have appeared on the black-white crime question. Many of these are somewhat unfamiliar with the quite large literature on the topic. The people who mostly study crime are criminologists and sociologists. However, as we know, these are some of the most left-skewed academics out there: Prior post: Do Republic professors…

Who’s your out-group?

See related posts in rationalist sphere: Scott Alexander, I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup Jakob Falkovich, In-Groups, Out-Groups, and the IDW (in Quillette) So the story goes like this: once upon a time, the European countries had a great war. Then they had another great war. After the second one, people in academia who…

Not telling the whole story

In the prior post, I quoted some parts of a paper written by sociologist Howard S. Becker in 1967 which advocated a distortion model of science. To quote the most relevant part: A more likely meaning of the charge, I think, is this. In the course of our work and for who knows what private…

Whose side are sociologists on?

A very telling paper from 1967 written by a top sociologist called Howard S. Becker. Becker, H. S. (1967). Whose side are we on?. Social problems, 14(3), 239-247. I quote: To have values or not to have values: the question is always with us. When sociologists undertake to study problems that have relevance to the…

Shuey (1966)

Audrey M. Shuey (who even has a barebones Wikipedia page) is one of the most important female early researchers in intelligence research along with Barbara Burks and Leta Hollingworth. Shuey, Audrey M. (1966). The Testing of Negro Intelligence (2nd ed.). New York: Social Science Press. First edition: Shuey, A. M. (1958). The testing of Negro…

Installing R on Ubuntu 20.04: still too damn difficult

Here’s a whiny post on annoying R features. I love R and all, but it’s obnoxious to install. Not only does it take a long time to compile so many packages, this step typically has to be repeated a few times due to unforeseeable errors. These errors are typically also hard to find, one has…