Our Less Particpatory Times

It seems we’re on the news carousal, going up and down, seeing the same scenery over and over again as the carousal revolves. This is could be to a dearth of ideas, boredom, or the monotony of geopolitical events which have become as predictable as…

Hacker News Rankings: More Than an Algorithm

Hacker News, like Reddit, is a community-powered news site where users can submit links they find noteworthy. By default, new submissions go under the ‘new’ tab, but some get promoted to the much more visible ‘news’ tab (the front page), generating a substantial amount of…

Neoconservatism

I never understood how NRx reconciled technology with ethnonationalism, when the two seem at odds with each other. The Vox article lists tech billionaires Elon Musk and Peter Thiel as being somehow tangentially related to NRx, yet I imagine they probably advocate neoliberal economic and…

Utilitarianism and Consequentialism

There is some renewed debate about whether ‘Friendly AI’ can blackmail, also known as the Roko’s Basilisk problem. More information about it can be found here, here, here, and here. I’m kinda amazed by how much attention this has gotten, with stories even on Business…

Vox Explains the ‘Alt Right’

Vox.com explains the ‘alt right’. In agreement with posts I wrote in 2014, elements of the ‘alt right’, including NRx and HBD, are starting to gain more mainstream appeal, as evidenced by Vox.com, a mainstream online news source, expose on the ‘alt right’, replete with…

Diagnosing Democracy

Moldbug’s final post: Coda I know ‘neocon’ and ‘neoliberal’ have become pejorative labels as late, but these are the only two ideologies that seem to respect individualism within a mixed economy, as a middle ground between the ‘rule of law’ and personal autonomy. Bernie Sanders…

Millennials Make a Killing Day Trading on Reddit

Millennials Make a Killing Day Trading on Reddit MarketWatch’s Shawn Langlois and Sally French join Quentin Fottrell and Priya Anand with the details on how Reddit became the go-to place for rowdy millennial traders to gather in 2016. Again, not to make this too political,…

Education and the Blank Slate: Setting Realistic Expectations

Excellent article from a surprising source: Helicopter Parenting Has Given Birth To A Generation of Entitled Victims Another similar patient I saw was a 14-year old female presenting with depression and anxiety. Though she was of moderate intelligence, she and her highly-educated parents insisted on…

The UBI Revisited

In continuing on the debate over the viability or lack thereof of the Universal Basic Income (UBI), from Slate.com: What If We Just Gave Poor People a Basic Income for Life? That’s What We’re About to Test Despite the the fact that the likelihood of…