Post-2008 wealth creation boom: recap and why it will continue

Over and over again, this blog keeps being right: -right abut tech stocks (especially, Facebook, Google, and Amazon stock (Gnon index), all of which keep going up) -right about Bitcoin (been long since early 2013) -right about the post-2009 economic expansion and bull market (now…

Jordan Peterson – Controversial Facts about IQ: analysis

Another Jordan Peterson IQ video: IQ–which is innate, a strong predictor of socioeconomic success, and constant throughout life–is incompatible with the left’s vision of egalitarianism. Because IQ is so impervious to environment, much of the left’s costly efforts to boost achivement are futile. When the…

Teaching Students Failure by Failing Them

You see a sort of indignation–almost what can be described a sense of entitlement–on various ‘smart’ sites. I recall a discussion on the popular economics blog Noahpinion in early 2014 (cannot find the link, but I remember the post) where an econ PHD student complained…

Classification of groups, and the meme propagation process

A ‘meme’ is conceived by the second group, which if successful is picked up by the third group, and is propagated to the first group. An example is the alt-right. The third group act as a liaison between fringe ideas and voters. First group: older…

Notes on Philosophy versus Politics

Why are philosophical opinions and philosophers more complicated than political opinions and politicians? Seems like a rhetorical question–philosophy is ‘smarter’ than politics. But what do we mean by smarter? My take is, philosophical positions, unlike political ones, don’t really ‘oppose’ each other. Philosophy is much…

The Merging of Economics with Physics

Why Are Physicists Drawn to Economics? If you are one of these people, let me try to disabuse you of these notions. Your mathematical abilities are actually not that much better than most economists (if they are better at all). You will have to spend…

Jordan Peterson – IQ and The Job Market

Although this video was released just a day of writing this post, it has already gotten over 24,000 views and hundreds of votes and comments, guaranteeing it will be among his most popular videos ever. Why is this video so popular? Because it’s about IQ,…

The Slow Presidency

The news and blog cycle has been like tumbleweeds of late…who would have guessed that the Trump presidency would be such a yawner. I did, but still even kinda surprised by how slow things have been. Of course , things can change. In 2000, the…

The Philosophy-STEM alliance

As the Cowen vs. Rationalism spat shows, the harshest critics of rationalism are rationalists. Cowen, Noah, and Wilkinson, all of whom are smart, empirically minded, and Platonists, meet the criteria of being rationalists, and the Rationality community holds them in high regard. That’s part of…