Review of Don’t Be A Feminist

Monday, May 22, 2023

I hesitated to write this because of the extent to which Bryan Caplan is talking past feminist concerns with his essay Don’t Be A Feminist. It’s pretty cheeky of him to write a supposed rejoinder to feminists without citing any actual feminist work, and it makes it a little hard to respond, since he’s arguing… Full post

On CBT, false consciousness, and social progress

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff argue that the mental habits of young progressives amount to “reverse CBT”, that emotional reasoning, black-and-white thinking, and catastrophizing are endemic.1 Clementine Morrigan says that social justice culture encouraged her “to see the actions of others in the worst possible light, to take things extremely personally”.2 These observations echo the… Full post

Maternal morbidity as a philanthropic cause area

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

In 2022 OpenPhilanthropy launched Cause Exploration Prizes, inviting people to submit ideas for new ways to allocate their funding. Maternal morbidity, defined by the WHO as “any health condition attributed to and/or aggravated by pregnancy and childbirth that has a negative impact on the woman’s wellbeing”, is a leading cause of DALYs worldwide, and although… Full post

The Art of Giving and Receiving Code Reviews (Gracefully)

Monday, June 25, 2018

The research on code reviews is pretty clear: they reduce code defects at an incredible rate, typically around 80% to 90%1. Harder to measure, but clearly valuable, are the learning opportunities of reading others’ code and having others read your code, the enforcement of readable code, and the maintenance of code standards and consistent architectural… Full post