Free Speech and Its Limitations

A somewhat light-hearted article by Scott: Against Signal-Boosting As Doxxing And related: Don’t allow your hatred to cloud your judgment of what free speech is: But if you want to accuse Brown of violating Sobczak’s right to free speech, then you’re absolutely wrong. For a…

Jordan Peterson and the Evolution of Marxism

Errata & addenda: Updated Steelmanning to reconcile confusion over inductive vs. deductive. Updated Defending Postmodernism to include Jean-François Lyotard and criticism of Whig history. According to Peterson, the Marxists changed their strategy in the 60′s and 70′s from embracing Marxism as a economic system, to…

Silicon Valley is Eating the World

From Mark Perry: Amazon and Facebook were in the news this week for “joining an exclusive club open to only the richest companies in the world: both crossed the half-a-trillion mark.” Those two companies join Apple ($785 billion as of today), Alphabet/Google ($652 billion), and…

The Meritocracy Analysis, Part 2:

Scott’s three-part meritocracy series: part 1: TARGETING MERITOCRACY part 2: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COMMENT THREAD ON MERITOCRACY part 3: DON’T BLAME GRIGGS Skimming through the comments, here is what I gleaned: Companies and recruiters will default to Ivy League applicants, not necessarily because such applicants…

Grey Notes: Debunking STEM Sexism

Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers Su et al (2009) performed a meta-analysis of studies including a total of over 500,000 people examining gender differences in interests. Despite claims that gender differences are typically “small” (Hyde, 2005), Su et al found a gigantic…

U.S. home sales to foreigners surge 49% to new record

U.S. home sales to foreigners surge 49% to new record The National Association of Realtors released a report Tuesday that said foreign buyers and recent immigrants spent an estimated $153 billion on American properties in the year ending March 2017. That was a 49% increase…

How the Media Sells Fear and Outrage for Profit

This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit This is the reason many of the news stories you see today lead with over-the-top, dramatic, attention-grabbing statements — they are trying to engage with you and rise above the competition. This is the ‘inside…

Targeting the Meritocracy : Response

From Slate Star Codex: TARGETING MERITOCRACY: Prospect Magazine writes about the problem with meritocracy. First Things thinks meritocracy is killing America. Feminist Philosophers comes out against meritocracy. The Guardian says “down with meritocracy”. Vox calls for an atack on the false god of meritocracy. There’s…