Rise of Jordan Peterson mirrors the decline of alt-right

The post-2017 meteoric rise of Jordan Paterson and Quillette mirrors the fall/irrelevance of Milo, Spencer, Lauren Southern, and the rest of the alt-right. The funny thing is, when Trump won everyone thought that the alt-right would become even more powerful than it already was, but…

Rules for rationalism

–Beliefs may be true or false. If the latter, they are delusions. –One may either knowingly or unknowingly subscribe to delusions. The former may leads to cognitive dissonance. There is an internal conflict between two ‘avatars’ that represent differing beliefs, that are at war with…

The govt. depends on the private sector, not the other way around

These tweets sound like something Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren would say. Yeah, I understand it’s possible for both the far-left and far-right to find common ground, or what I called shared narratives if both sides are high IQ, but even I will admit sometimes…

Notes on Sterilization

The fact fertility rates are negativity correlated with IQ necessitates mandatory sterilization of individuals with IQs less than 80-90, in order to reverse dysgenic societal decay. Due to high time preference and other factors, Low-IQ people tend to be capricious and aggressive and exact a…

Notes on Immigration

An Argument Against Open Borders and Liberal Hubris – Quillette Let’s assume Bryan Caplan is right about how low-IQ immigration is always a net-positive for the economy, such as in terms consumer spending and comparative advantage. But the educated elite are largely insulated from the…

The Failed Hero’s Journey

Excellent article from Quillette The Failed Hero’s Journey: The experience of the pessimistic modern young man is evoked brilliantly by a Twitter user named Faceberg, who writes of the promise of employment in STEM fields: “You will never discover anything. You will never invent anything….

The ‘Motte and Bailey’ fallacy isn’t really a fallacy

I’m sure everyone, or at least if you read Slate Star Codex, has heard of the motte and bailey (MAB) fallacy, which is as follows: Motte and bailey (MAB) is a combination of bait-and-switch and equivocation in which someone switches between a “motte” (an easy-to-defend…

Bitcoin update

In early 2018/late 2017, this blog made a reversal from being optimistic about Bitcoin to selling. I personally sold some around 19,000 and then another batch around 15,000-16,000. Some of this went into cash, some into stocks, and also some into alt coins. The alt…

Trump and ‘shithole countries’

Trump’s comments about Haiti and ‘shithole countries’ have rekindled the is-Trump-a-racist debate. Trump denies Haiti slur amid fallout from ‘shithole’ comment ‘There’s no other word but racist’: Trump’s global rebuke for ‘shithole’ remark As discussed in an earlier post, defining racism is surprisingly difficult, and…