Are we in a post-truth era? Possibly not

Found this interesting A philosopher of truth says we’re not living in a “post-truth” world after all In a world where Donald Trump declares an audio recording of his statements “fake news” and insists to supporters that “what you are seeing and what you are…

Blackpilling, part 2

Arnold is blackpilling Also, there is nothing to write about. Covington? Northam? If we have the luxury of turning these stories into headlines, then we are either doing very well as a country or else we are desparate for distractions from whatever real problems we…

Paul Krugman Should Not Be Taken Seriously

The Krugster is at it again with another prediction of recession that is certain to be wrong: Krugman Sees Possible U.S. Recession With Little Fed Wiggle Room: Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said the U.S. economy may be heading into a recession at a time when…

Peter Thiel’s Success: Luck or Skill?

Scott’s review of Peter Thiel’s book Zero To One In the past I would have been more inclined to dismiss/discount the role of luck, but luck plays a huge role in Peter Thiel’s success, possibly much more than we realize or wish to accept. There…

Gadwell’s Revisionist History

Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell has a history of embellishing and omitting the truth in his writings, as I have discussed numerous times here. The same is also true for his podcast, ironically titled Revisionist History. In response to the excellent Noah Smith Bloomberg article America…

Evolution of Online Political Journalism: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up

In the late 90′s and up until around 2009, online political journalism and the propagation of news and information was a top-down down process. Internet political journalism was dominated by a handful of news sites such as CNN, Drudge, Fox, Huffington Post, etc., as well…

The Enlightenment has Won

Pinker reflects on his book Enlightenment Now, addressing criticism and controversy. He writes: Nor has Enlightenment thinking ever carried the day. It has enjoyed spells of influence which have increased in length since 1945, but always has been opposed by Romantic, nationalist, militarist, and other…

Why Soys and Virgins Rule

It’s open season on so-called ‘soy boys’, a neologism for effeminate, weak (‘limp-wristed’) liberal males. This archetype is the target of derision and ridicule by many on the ‘right’. An example of the quintessential soy boy is the Obamacare ‘pajama boy,’ whose perceived effeminacy generated…

The Benefits of Boredom

This article went hugely viral: Let Children Get Bored Again: Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency. The viralness of the article is part of a greater backlash and criticism of modernity by both the…