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I'm David Laing. I write a newsletter called Linking Out Loud, in which I summarize and interpret one timeless link every week. I'm also quite active on Twitter.

I'm a senior data scientist at Imbellus, a venture-backed startup that is building cognitive assessments for the 21st century.

Recent posts

Summary: Crony Beliefs (Kevin Simler)

When looking to fill a position, you might hire someone because they would do a great job. Or you might hire them because they're the mayor's nephew, and pleasing the mayor will be good for business. In the latter case, you have hired a *crony*—a person who is there to provide social rather than pragmatic value. Your beliefs about the world can be divided analogously. »

The Aesthetic Bullseye

When I’m cooking a meal, writing a paragraph, or programming a piece of software, I usually have a personal standard of quality that guides my decisions. »

Summary: The Ideological Turing test (Bryan Caplan)

Consider your position on abortion. If you’re pro-life, imagine you’re doing some research at a pro-choice event and you want to conceal your true position. Suddenly, someone hands you a microphone and a spotlight shines on you—the crowd wants to hear you say a few words about why it’s so important to defend women’s right to choose. »