Vengeance is thine: Miscellaneous thoughts about punishment

I.עַ֚יִן תַּ֣חַת עַ֔יִן The Lex Talonis- "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth". We're taught that our society rejected it as barbaric and harsh, and inclined itself further to mercy. However the maximum prison sentence in New York for felony assault is at least 3 years, and frankly, I'd rather lose … Continue reading Vengeance is thine: Miscellaneous thoughts about punishment

Reflections on a doomed subreddit: ?Vale r/Chapotraphouse

r/Chapotraphouse has been banned. Even the people who posted there seem to agree this is a net good (edit: although a reader objects this is likely just them pretending to be not-made, rather than their real position). I often disagreed with Chapo but it was the largest far-left subreddit and so by extension the largest … Continue reading Reflections on a doomed subreddit: ?Vale r/Chapotraphouse

The good things a working lie-detector could do

People don’t think as much about the possibilities of a machine that could tell whether people were lying as they should. Partly this is because many people erroneously believe that such machines already exist. Partly this is because fictional depictions of universes in which lying can be made impossible are unpopular- lying being of key … Continue reading The good things a working lie-detector could do

So you want to know how well your society is going: an introduction to aggregate and average utilities

This is an interlude to "A Philosophy for a New Old Welfare Economics" but doesn't require you to have read the previous post 1. The broad outlines of the problem Sometimes a change makes everyone in a group better off, sometimes a change makes everyone in a group worse off, in these cases, it is … Continue reading So you want to know how well your society is going: an introduction to aggregate and average utilities