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Slate Star Codex
Type of site
Available inEnglish
Created byScott Alexander
Alexa rankNegative increase 50,352 (Global, July 2019)
LaunchedFebruary 12, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-02-12)
Current statusActive

Slate Star Codex, (SSC) is a long-form blog written by San Francisco Bay Area psychiatrist Scott Alexander. The blog focuses on science, medicine (especially within psychiatry), philosophy, politics, and futurism. The blog's name is based on an approximate anagram of "Scott Alexander" the author's pen name.

Prior to starting Slate Star Codex, Alexander blogged at the rationalist community blog LessWrong.


Alexander has written about a range of topics, including cost disease,[1] the tragedy of the commons,[2] the replication crisis,[3] censorship,[4] drug price regulation,[5] scientism,[6] tolerance,[7] tribalism,[8] meritocracy,[9] racism,[10] and American politics.[11][12] Campbell and Manning's The Rise of Victimhood Culture references an SSC post in their chapter "Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, and the Language of Victimhood".[13]


Economist Tyler Cowen has called Scott Alexander "a thinker who is influential among other writers".[14] Alexander's writing has been cited as "great holiday weekend reads" by Politico,[15] and has regularly made the top 100 list of "fantastic" works of journalism at The Atlantic.[16][17][18][19]


There have been designated meetups for readers of the blog starting as early as 2013 in Michigan.[20] Over time these have expanded to more locations such as the Bay Area and New York City, with 2018 meetups being planned for over 85 cities, across 25 countries.[21]


Alexander puts out an annual survey of readership both to gather demographic information and perform research, such as examining birth order effects. Over 8000 participants responded to the 2019 survey.[22]

See also[edit]

  • Rationality
  • LessWrong


  1. Last, Jonathan (February 23, 2017). "The Scourge of Cost Disease". Weekly Standard. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. Sotala, Kaj; Gloor, Lukas (August 31, 2017). "Superintelligence as a Cause or Cure for Risks of Astronomical Suffering". The American Sociologist. 41: 389–400. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  3. Drum, Kevin (May 14, 2019). "Why the "Depression Gene" Fiasco Is Bad News for Science". Mother Jones. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  4. "Notable & Quotable: Academic Groupthink". The Wall Street Journal. June 7, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  5. Kliff, Sarah (August 31, 2016). "Red tape at the FDA doesn't explain America's high drug prices". Vox. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  6. Burkeman, Oliver (August 27, 2013). "'Scientism' wars: there's an elephant in the room, and its name is Sam Harris". The Guardian. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  7. French, David (April 6, 2018). "Let's Talk about 'Tolerance'". National Review. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  8. Fusselman, Midge (August 8, 2018). "Why Our Political Debates So Often Devolve into Tribal War". National Review. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  9. Bloom, Max (August 3, 2017). "In Defense of Meritocracy". National Review. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  10. Verbruggen, Robert (August 9, 2018). "Academia Doesn't Get to Define 'Racism' for the Rest of Us". National Review. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  11. Trende, Sean (January 29, 2016). "Why Trump? Why Now?". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  12. al Gharbi, Musa (December 2018). "Race and the Race for the White House: On Social Research in the Age of Trump". The American Sociologist. 49 (4): 496–519. doi:10.1007/s12108-018-9373-5.
  13. Campbell, Bradley; Manning, Jason (2018). "Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, and the Language of Victimhood". The Rise of Victimhood Culture. pp. 71–104. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-70329-9_3. ISBN 978-3-319-70328-2. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. Cowen, Tyler (May 4, 2018). "Tyler Cowen: Holding up a mirror to intellectuals of the left". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  15. Lippman, Daniel (May 26, 2019). "POLITICO Playbook: For Trump, politics doesn't stop at the water's edge". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  16. Friedersdorf, Conor (August 28, 2018). "Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Articles". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  17. Friedersdorf, Conor (September 4, 2017). "More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  18. Friedersdorf, Conor (August 11, 2016). "Slightly More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  19. Friedersdorf, Conor (July 23, 2015). "Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  20. Alexander, Scott (July 4, 2019). "Archives". Slate Star Codex. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  21. Alexander, Scott (August 9, 2018). "SSC Meetups 2018: Times and Places". Slate Star Codex. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  22. Alexander, Scott (January 13, 2019). "SSC Survey Results 2019". Slate Star Codex. Retrieved July 3, 2019.

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