Atheist Conservatism and the Dark Enlightenment

Atheist conservatism/libertarianism is one of the fastest growing movements. Many of today’s smart young people, who grew up on Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman (and maybe hayack and Rothbard, although being anti-fed is anti-wealth in my opinion. Fed policy such as QE and low interest…

Some Ideas to Reform Higher Education

Unlike some libertarians, I don’t believe the state is inherently oppressive. I believe in incrementalism, in making small changes to make a better society rather than uprooting society. An example is optimizing the allocation of public resources. We have a finite quantity of capital from…

Stocks & Bonds Surge – The 1% Wins Again

Stocks surge, bond yields crash, and the 1% wins again as the fed vows to never raise rates. Today’s Scorecard: Dow +200 Nasdaq +40 S&P 500 +26 Here’s what happens when you bet against America, free markets, web 2.0, high-IQ, the fed, the consumer, globalization,…

IQ: More Than Just a Number, Part 2

Part 1: IQ: More than Just a Number From Scott’s Blog: 3. Some people seem to have gotten genuinely upset about some of the recent discussion of IQ, on grounds something like that if high IQ is a necessary ingredient of some forms of academic…

Anti-Democracy, Part 4

You know it’s a slow news day when the big story is Clinton’s drinking habits. The only people who are getting worked up about Hillary’s overblown email problem and Russia are the people whose paychecks depend on manufacturing hype and outrage for clicks and page-views….

The Success of Fed policy

An example of effective, but hated policy is QE and TARP, as part of the umbrella of fed policy. Liberals such as Peter Schiff and Nassim Nicholas Taleb argue that the fed has made the financial system more prone to collapse, recession, and bear markets….

Terry Pratchett, IQ, Practice, and Mastery

Prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett, who recently died of early-onset Alzheimer’s, inspired many wannabe fiction authors. But unless you’re a genius (as measured by raw intellect, not the vague label of ‘genius’ ascribed to people who demonstrate ‘skill’ at some subjective/useless activity like finger painting),…

In Today’s Economy, It Pays to Know Math

In our post-2008 era of intellectualism, not only is being a math geek cool, it also pays a lot, too. And math is where the jobs are. The Labor Department estimates that mathematical science jobs will increase 26% from 2012 to 2022, more than double…

Using Cognitive Screening to Replace Costly Diplomas

Someone writes: The Ivy League aristocracy will continue to perpetuate itself till the end of time unless hiring managers in high-paying industries stop recruiting solely from the “top schools.” And until that happens, online education will never get the respect that it (genuinely) deserves, nor…