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Welcome to SSC Abridged

This is a collection of some of the best essays written by psychiatrist and author Scott Alexander on his long-running blog, Slate Star Codex. They’re divided into several categories, such as “Science and Pseudoscience”, “Liberalism and Its Enemies”, “Medicine”, etc.

Slate Star Codex is currently inactive (visit the blog to read about the reasons for this). As a result, finding Alexander’s best writing is difficult, and reading his essays on SSC in its current form is inconvenient. Fortunately, all the content of Slate Star Codex is licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows us to re-host Scott’s work here.

(The “abridged” in this site’s title doesn’t, by the way, mean that any of the posts have been shortened—only that the collection as a whole is a selected subset of Scott Alexander’s writing. Each individual post comes to you in its full and glorious length; not a word has been omitted from any of these essays.)

Slate Star Codex Abridged is licensed under the same license (CC BY) as Slate Star Codex. (Our contribution to the content herein may be attributed to “Slate Star Codex Abridged”.)

Using this site

Click on the SSC icon () at the bottom of each post to read the comments for that post on Slate Star Codex.

Click on the links at the top left of each page () to view that post in an alternative format:

Use the light/dark mode selector at the top right of the page () to select your dark mode setting (light mode always on, dark mode always on, or [the default] automatically conform to system setting).


You can download this anthology in any of the following formats:

Note on dead links

In the years since these essays have been written, many of the links in the Slate Star Codex posts hosted here have, unfortunately, succumbed to link rot. These are gradually being fixed—replaced with archived versions where possible, etc.—but the process is slow. We apologize for the inconvenience in the meantime.

Liberalism And its Enemies


Culture War

Science and Pseudoscience

Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neurology


Sociology and Economics

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