Dumbing-down & policy

Over the years, despite being on the ‘right’ and a proponent of HBD and HBD-based policy myself, I’ve contested the belief commonly held by many on the alt-right and even some on the rationalist-left that America is ‘dumbing down’: Evidence America is not (yet) dumbing-down…

How to Predict, part infinity

A question is, how do you know this. The answer is, how can you not when it’s laid bare. MIT math courses are hard. This stuff, by comparison, is not. Related: A systems-based approach to rationalism “Simple Systems” It’s easier to predict things where a…

Not Worried About Tech Valuations, the saga continues

Here is an example of one of the more common arguments that we’re in a tech bubble and or that the reign of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are unsustainable: The largest market cap companies in a given decade, overwhelmingly tend to be under-performers in…

Link Round-up Edition

Column: Donald Trump’s biggest flaw: He’s not that bright He taps out tweets that flagrantly contradict what he tweeted when Barack Obama was president, making himself look ridiculous. When he holds forth on policy issues, it’s excruciatingly apparent he has no idea what he’s talking…

No, the far-left and the far-right are not the same

This is going viral on /r/jordanpeterson, getting over 760 votes: Although Dr. Peterson condemns extremism on both sides, it’s obvious to anyone who listens to his lectures and speeches he’s not the centrist some think he is. The middle column suggests no value system, but…

Is grit the true secret of success? no

Kinda old but still interesting Is grit the true secret of success? What does it take to do really well in life? The answer is an emphatic ‘no’ and anyone who believes it is, is deluding his or her self. It’s no different than feel-good…

Why Intellectuals Like Trump (or at least don’t hate him)

During the 2016 election, the media perpetuated the following narratives about Trump: that he’s not an intellectual, and that intellectuals hate him. The first (at least going by the public image he projects) is true, but the second, somewhat surprisingly, isn’t. Many intellectuals like Trump…

Scott and Postmodernism

Scott and postmodernism A few days ago, Scott offered a sort of layperson’s guide to postmodernism, Postmodernism For Rationalists (my attempt). I thought it was a good write-up, but enough didn’t that Scott felt compelled to write a follow-up essay to defend himself. Part of…

Trump: Managers vs. Commanders

Who Knew Trump Would Be a Weak President? It’s a little early to say he’s totally ineffective [according to the left, Trump is the embodiment of Hitler when he succeeds or weak and incompetent when he doesn't], but I predicted this months ago (even as…

Why it does not matter that Tesla is losing money

On 11/2/2017, Tesla stock [disclosure: I do not own Tesla stock] fell 5% to $300 after reporting a larger than expected quarterly loss: Tesla posted a record quarterly loss of $619 million as it struggles with Model 3 production Tesla shares drop after posting wider-than-expected…