A Troublesome Intelligence? Response

Chanda Chisala’s latest Unz Review article A Troublesome Intelligence? A Note to Richard Lynn, Charles Murray, James Thompson et al. is going viral, and like all of his articles, has generated enormous discussion. Chisala claims to have ‘refuted’ Charles Murray, Lynn, and other proponents of…

notes: The Kavanaugh media circus

Watch: Christine Blasey Ford’s raw, emotional opening statement In her statement, Ford says “I tried to get away… but his weight was heavy…he was inebriated” BS. Pushing a drunk teenage kid away, who probably weighs 140 pounds or so, is not hard to do, even…

Jordan Peterson on Inequality and Hierarchies

Dr. Jordan Peterson recently tweeted: Inequality is built into life. This might be neither good nor fair, but one thing is certain: it cannot justly be blamed on capitalism, patriarchy or the west. Some thoughts on the Gini coefficient: https://t.co/5RdMQNLb4Z — Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson)…

The only constant is change? Not really

An overused phrase is “the only constant is change,” (a second variant is “change is the only constant”) attributed originally to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. Yet the evidence suggests things seldom, if ever, change. Yeah, over sufficiently long periods of time (like thousands of years),…

Lehman crisis-10 years later

The financial media was predicting the end of capitalism, the demise of America, etc. I remember it as a great buying opportunity, and in retrospect, despite their unpopularity, the bailouts were a success. The S&P 500 peaked at 1560 in 2007. Now, just 11 years…

Getting Griggs Wrong

It’s amazing how everyone knows about Griggs v. Duke Power. It comes up frequently in online discussion despite being a topic that is not taught in college unless you are studying employment law, yet everyone seems to know about it, even on Reddit subs that…

Economists predicting doom again

Economists are at it again predicting doom and gloom from Trump’s latest round of tariffs: Trump’s latest tariffs are about to hit you where it really hurts However the stock market isn’t losing sleep, and the S&P 500 up around 1% since the tariffs were…

The millennial search for meaning in a meaningless world

Alex Garland’s cult novel The Beach, 20 years on This story went viral, but also interestingly it went viral on Hacker News, a site that is heavily focused on topics pertaining to STEM, with a lot of praise for the book and nostalgia for the…

The Coddling of the American Mind, as a precursor to the IDW

Jonathan Haidt has a new book out, the hugely anticipated The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, with co-author Greg Lukianoff. On Reddit and related communities, a lot people are talking about this…