Those worthless humanities papers

Why Professors Are Writing Crap That Nobody Reads ‘Cited’ and ‘read’ are distinct, and often these is a long lag between when a paper is published and when it begins to accumulate citations, and many citations don’t show on database searches although the citations still…

Automation and Post-Scarcity

From Kevin Drum: You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think As discussed earlier (and a bunch of other times on this blog), fears of a job-apocalypse are overblown. Despite the trend towards increasing automation, the size of the labor force…

Trump’s polls are falling, but I’m not worried

Trump’s polls are falling, hitting new lows: Trump’s approval rating drops to historic low in new poll Trump’s approval rating sinks to new low in NBC/‘WSJ’ poll Trump’s Approval Rating Drops to Lowest Level Yet in New NBC News/WSJ Poll Trump’s job approval rating of…

Anti-Trump desperation showing, and the GOP civil war

The life cycle of a Trump news dud As the link above shows, the left (but also some on the ‘right’) want so badly for Trump to fail, they have to invent narratives and resort to wishful thinking, when reality alone won’t suffice, such as:…

Media Getting NRx Wrong

The Moldbug Variations Yarvin believes there is no such thing as democracy—and Thiel has said as much, as well. Yarvin’s stunted political imagination prizes strict hierarchies—despotisms, monarchies, and experimental new feudalism via a “patchwork” of corporate fiefdoms managed by absolute dictators who might be appointed…

Two IQ links by two Scotts

From Vox, by Scott Alexander: So you’ve learned you’ve got a “pitifully” low IQ. How worried should you be? and Scott Aaronson: Also against individual IQ worries Aaronson as a 4-year-old ‘only’ scored 106 on an IQ test, which as he says himself, seems too…

Why 3x S&P 500 ETFs can be held long-term

Many articles argue that one shouldn’t hold leveraged ETFs long-term. Like many things, it depends on the situation. For certain leveraged ETFs that have high volatility, that is prudent advice, but for underlying asset classes with low volatility and long-term positive returns (such as the…

Are Successful Writers The Smartest People Alive?

Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, is among many high achievers whose measured IQ was not as high as you’d expect. Kevin Fleming / Contributor, Source: Vox Richard Feynman is regarded as one of the most brilliant physicists who ever lived. That’s why it came as…