The running narrative

This article went viral on Hacker News: I have forgotten how to read This post is not about the content of the article itself but rather what its viralness signifies. The fact it went viral on Hacker News (abut also on Reddit) agrees with the…

Tyranny and Guns

In the wake of Florida school shooting and the renewed debate on gun control, this 4chan post from 2017 went viral: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Even though I support the 2nd amendment, I’m skeptical that guns are a bulwark against tyranny. Gun ownership…

A better investment than crypto currency: FNGU

Let’s face it…Bitcoin, as well as all crypto currencies, suck as an investment. Every time it looks like it is recovering, it drops $400-600+ for no reason: It goes up a lot for a brief period of time, a tiny number of people make money,…

Predictions for 2023

Scott posts his predictions for 2023: FIVE MORE YEARS Those yearly “predictions for next year” posts are starting to reach the limit of their usefulness. Not much changes from year to year, and most of what does change is hard to capture in objective probabilistic…

Why So Many People Like Jordan Peterson

Even though /r/the_Donald posters tend to be much further to the ‘right’ than Dr. Peterson himself, he is still immensely popular there. But not just on /r/The_Donald; he’s popular among intellectual types of all political stripes, from rationalists who lean left, to reactionaries on the…

Philosophical bites: Empiricism vs. Rationalism

There’s a popular YouTube channel titled ‘Bite-sized Philosophy,’ which as its name suggests provides concise summaries pertaining to philosophical matters. Here is my bite-sized summary of Empiricism vs. Rationalism. Consider a cooking range that has four or more individual stove tops. There is also a…

Interesting tweet

This tweet went viral a few weeks ago: If children started school at six months old and their teachers gave them walking lessons, within a single generation people would come to believe that humans couldn't learn to walk without going to school. — Geoff Graham…