NPCs

The NPC meme finally breaks into the mainstream after Twitter bans 1,500 NPC accounts for ‘voter suppression’: Why has Twitter banned 1500 accounts and what are NPCs? What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult? What is an NPC? The liberal-bashing meme sweeping social…

Tyler Cowen: Stagnation and Complacency, Part 1

From the 8000 Hours blog: Economist Prof Tyler Cowen says our overwhelming priorities should be maximising economic growth and making civilization more stable. Is he right? Tyler’s arguments can be broken into three parts: 1. Low GDP growth threatens U.S. innovation and competitiveness. 2. For…

Why we should support Steven Pinker

Another wrong-thinker who has been disinvited by the ‘open-minded, pro-science’ left: Linda Gottfredson, an expert on occupational interests and intelligence, is the latest disinvited speaker. (She's also on a McCarthyite list of "extremists" by the Southern Poverty Law Ctr, once a respected civil rights org.,…

Economics report: tariffs, inflation, stock market

What happened to that ‘trade war’ that the liberal media was insistent would happen? Trump’s tariffs on China are doing the exact opposite of what they’re supposed to: But at the moment, the primary conclusion to draw is that the US-China trade war isn’t yet…

Crypto-currency report

It has been while since I updated about Bitcoin and others. It’s helpful to compare crypto-currencies relative to Bitcoin (BTC) than the U.S. Dollar. If BTC falls to $2k or less, then pretty much all the alts will become worthless. End of story. In the…

Khashoggi and Trump

Saudi media: Any US sanctions over Khashoggi would ‘stab its own economy to death’ But in a strongly worded op-ed published later on Sunday, Turki Aldakhil, general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel, warned that if the US imposed sanctions on Riyadh “it will…

Why philosophy is so popular these days

The viralness of the Reddit post Recent Philosophy, visualized , which got over 9,000 up-votes, is further evidence we’re in a ‘philosophy boom.’ The article Progress in Philosophy, which went viral on Hacker News, also agrees with this trend. There’s a ton of interest in…

Notes: Kahneman System 1 and System 2 Thinking

In his best-seller Thinking Fast and Slow, Kahneman makes a distinction between two ‘systems’ of thinking: System 1: Fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, … System 2: Slow, effortful, infrequent, logical, calculating, conscious I disagree they are always distinct, because often system 2 precedes system 1,…

Jordan Peterson vs. Nassim Taleb: Philosophical and Political Differences

Because Jordan Peterson and Nassim Taleb have a large fan base overlap, use similar platforms for communication (Twitter), oppose political correctness, and both have contrarian tendencies, it’s understandable why one may be inclined to believe they share a similar philosophy; however, their philosophies are quite…

Black swans and ongoing stories

With Brett Kavanaugh confirmed despite the predictable (and still ongoing) protestations from the the left, the news cycle once again resumes its lull. Of course, there is ‘stuff’ going on–but it’s stuff that is ongoing. As discussed in the post Unknown unknowns, although there are…