‘Basic Jobs’ vs. Basic Income

Another hugely viral Scott article: BASIC INCOME, NOT BASIC JOBS: AGAINST HIJACKING UTOPIA He’s possibly overestimating the efficacy of a UBI. A UBI, according to Scott, is supposed to eliminate poverty and bring individual life fulfillment. If a UBI is $10,000/year, that is still just…

Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

An excellent article from the NYTs, Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think This passage stood out, but the entire thing is relevant: But accusers can paint with very wide brushes. Racist is pretty much the most damning label that can be slapped on…

‘worst HBD article ever’

I say this sort jokingly but this qualifies as possibly the ‘worst HBD article ever’: Why Do Many Geniuses Have a Large Forehead? There is a lot wrong with this short article But quite a few super geniuses with IQ’s of 160–200 have extremely large…

High-level generators of disagreement

Scott continues to raise the bar of blogging to heights never before imagined. In his recent post VARIETIES OF ARGUMENTATIVE EXPERIENCE he discusses what he calls the “hierarchy of disagreements”. At the bottom is shaming, followed by ‘gotchas’, nitpicking, etc., and at the top of…

Bitcoin: it’s not decentralized

One of my favorite lines is, “no one is gonna get rich with Bitcoin.” People may debate it, use it, hold conferences about it, and watch YouTube videos of Andreas Antonopoulos (who looks like a Guild Navigator from Dune)–but no one is gonna actually get…

Nash Equilibrium and cooperative games: example

A lot of people have heard of Nash Equilibriums and cooperative games, but don’t understand why and how they are so powerful and useful. John Forbes Nash’s major contribution to game theory was showing how cooperation can yield better results than competition, overturning conventional economic…

Vox Day vs. Jordan Peterson, Take 5

The one-sided Vox Day vs. Jordan Peterson feud is the gift that keeps on giving. The whole thing is amusing. Dr. Peterson will not respond. Vox Day will not relent. One of Vox’s arguments against Jordan Peterson is that he is is ‘false opposition’–that is,…

Trump Slipping Backwards On Immigration

From Derb published on Unz.com: Slipping Backwards On Immigration—Get On It, Mr. President! You got elected largely on this, Mr. President. We’re a year and a half in, and nothing’s happened. And that’s pretty much what I predicted in early 2017 would happen–nothing. At the…

Vox Day vs. Jordan Peterson, take 4

Vox Day continues ankle biting Jordan Peterson, writing: You know I’ve said repeatedly that the philosophy Jordan Peterson is pushing is an evil one, and it is, and one aspect of that evil, one way that we know that it is wrong, is that he…