The wall: it ain’t happening

The art of the sucker …this is pretty funny (it’s funny because people actually thought Trump would build a wall, when he couldn’t even get tax cuts implemented and or Obamacare overturned in a GOP-controlled House). Due to many factors, the administration is stuck in…

Taleb: How to be Rational about Rationality: Analysis

Nassim Nicholas Tooleb has a new article How to be Rational about Rationality – INCERTO – Medium Tooleb says the same ol’ stuff every time: scientists are overconfident, epistemological uncertainty, hidden risks, etc. Survival comes first, truth, understanding, and science later In other words, you…

The Bell Curve is Becoming Reality

The Futile Pursuit of Equality …it’s not just insta-rich tech entrepreneurs who are on the top of America’s post-2008 hierarchy of importance; theoretical physicists, economists, programmers, policy wonks, the high-functioning autistic savant, quants, and mathematicians – regardless of personal wealth – also occupy a lofty…

Charlottesville: Poor Security To Blame?

Big if true. pic.twitter.com/quSSq9DjvA — Richard Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) August 17, 2017 The mistake was poor security of the venue. The majority of Klan and Nazi rallies are uneventful. Antifa add a new dimension to the problem, since they tend to be aggressive. But fighting back…

Defending Economics

Over the past month, there have been a spate of negative articles about economics, with some comparing it to a ‘fake science’ such as astrology, and or how the inability of economists to predict the 2008 crisis is evidence of the failure of economics: The…

blackpilling

Ryan Landry of Social Matter Weimerica Weekly – Episode 71 – All Sides Blackpilling I agree Hillary would have been worse than Trump, but that alone is not good enough. Like saying that testicular cancer has a higher survival rather than mesothelioma, which according to…

Charlottesville: Why You Cannot Trust the Video Footage

It was Saturday afternoon when I became aware of the Charlottesville story, via tweets and Reddit. Unfortunately, like probably most people, my opinions were formed by a smattering of loosely-connected video clips showing a black muscle car plowing into people protesting a ‘white nationalist’ gathering….

Verbal…Harder than Math? Part 2

Part 1: Verbal Harder Than Math? A month ago, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who was also the first female Field’s Metal winner, died. From her obituary, this passage stood out: Maryam Mirzakhani was born on May 3, 1977, in Tehran. As a child, she read…

In Defense of the Journalistic Method

It’s easy to disparage journalists until you try to do it yourself and realize the difficulty of composing and conveying a generally cogent, thoughtful yet enticing argument in 1000-1500 words to an audience that has high expectations, that isn’t total crap or mean-spirited and abrasive….

Putting Charlottesville in perspective

The news cycle had slowed to a trickle, until a crescendo of stories–Google memo, North Korea, and Charlottesville–all hit in the span of a week. I’m so sick to death of the virtue signaling and spiraling–both by the the NRO right and predictably the left–in…