Shared narratives: summary and examples,

Shared narratives are beliefs unique to smart people, that cross ideological/political divides. Shared narratives are a subset of ‘intellectualism culture’. Some examples: –Facts and accuracy precedes values –Correctness is more important than consensus –The general sense that society neglects its smart and talented, such as…

Wealth, Intellectualism, and Individualism, Part 8 (interlude)

The Wealth, Intellectualism, and Individualism series, which describes how since 2008 society has been radically transformed socially, culturally, and economically, for both good [1] and bad, continues. Part 7 was published in January 2017, so it’s been awhile. The entire essay, at 15,000 words, was…

The compelling case for working a lot less (if IQ is high enough)

The compelling case for working a lot less Even on a global level, there is no clear correlation between a country’s productivity and average working hours. With a 38.6-hour work week, for example, the average US employee works 4.6 hours a week longer than a…

The Flynn Effect vs. the Greatest Minds in History (analysis)

This article by Bryan Caplan went slightly viral: The Flynn Effect vs. the Greatest Minds in History What do rising IQs really show? I remain undecided, but here’s an argument that strongly inclines me to pessimism. To wit: When I read the smartest thinkers from…

Notes: The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping

Even liberal magazine The Atlantic admits that Trump isn’t going anywhere: The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping, thanks to strong support within his party: Among Republicans, Trump’s approval rating has held remarkably steady. The week Mueller was named, according to Gallup, Trump’s GOP support stood…

Black pills and tots

The tots, or as I call the alt-bimbos, are symptomatic of the alt-right and far-right being infected with democracy and majoritarianism. They are trying to superimpose western liberal values onto an ethno-nationalist framework, which is counterproductive, incongruous, and absurd. Second, as Roosh and others observe,…

Normie Conservatism vs. Alternative Conservatism

In the post Adulting, Responsibility and Collapse, Meta-Nomad takes a stab at ‘adulting’ and what he perceives as the decline of personal responsibility: I’m getting ever closer to the point wherein my posts no longer need a ‘Why?’ as to their creation, that said, the…

Eliezer Yudkowsky schools the Bank of Japan

Over the past month or so, there has been a lot of attention about Eliezer Yudkowsky and how he purportedly ‘advised’ the Bank of Japan (BOJ) pursue more aggressive monetary policy, which they heeded, called ‘Abenomics’, which “…refers to the economic policies advocated by Shinzō…

Optimism or stagnation? A case for both.

Interesting podcast Ep. 282 – Tyler Cowen: What the Future Holds: Stagnation or Innovation? Both sides are correct. Tyler is right about complacency (although there has always been a complacent class), and James is right about how such complacency either is not a big deal…