Masculinity and Risk Taking

From Dionysus Powell: This was a fascinating read, and there’s something I’d like to chime in to add, in response to Philosophical Fight Club: Alt-Right Recruitment (and How to Fight it) So what does this have to do with alt right philosophy? To answer that,…

Silicon Valley’s Reality Check

It’s interesting how there is so much variation in the viralness of Scott’s posts. Some posts barely create a ripple, while others send waves throughout the high-IQ rationalist communities. An example of the latter is Scott’s most recent post SILICON VALLEY: A REALITY CHECK, which…

Professional vs. Amateur Writing

Inspired by Vox Day’s post The IQ Delta Most writing guides focus on the writing process, such as writing habits, not the quality of the writing itself. The amateur is taken aback by criticism; the professional anticipates it, both in the writing process and afterwards….

Clarification of Principles

Don’t Call Yourself a Libertarian Just another reason why one shouldn’t call themselves a libertarian if one actually believes in the writings of Rand and others, because the term has been hijacked. I prefer the term right-wing rationalism. But isn’t that just anarcho-capitalism? Why do…

Snapchat and Bitcoin

Received an email about Snapchat and Bitcoin. Is Snapchat a buy after the bad earnings report? As of 5/11/2017, Snapchat is down 20% on a weak earnings report, falling from $22 to $18. In an earlier post, I recommend Snapchat in the low $20′s. I…

Bitcoin Update: $20,000/coin target

This draft was written on March 7th, 2017 when bitcoin was only at $1,300, but I didn’t publish it. With bitcoin having crossed $1,800, it’s more relevant than ever. Bitcoin keeps going up, having crossed $1,300 as of March 3rd, 2017. It was at $1,200…

Why Stoicism

From Medium: The Inadequacies of the Invincible–On the Failure of Stoic Ethics Stoicism is not perfect–no philosophy is–but it works because it’s practical and realistic (wouldn’t it be awesome if one could make society conform to their own expectations, at whim–oh wait, Stalin tried that–apparently,…

Donald Trump’s IQ is 115

According to Peterson, Trump’s IQ is ‘well-above average’. That can mean it’s as low as 115, or as high as 160. But because he dismisses the latter possibility, it’s probably somewhere closer to 1-2 SD above average (115-130). There are problems when trying to estimate…

Postmodernism: not just for liberals

This article went viral: Don’t Major in Literature The author, Max Diamond, although mostly correct, despite the pretense of intellectualism, offers a reductionist conclusion: that postmodernism and nihilism are leftist constructs and are always wrong. I don’t think it’s that simple. Foucault, an exponent of…

Society Needs its Weirdos and Nerds

From Mark Manson: The Surprising Benefits Of Being (Sightly) Crazy Modern society is no different. We need stable, “boring” people to create the stable and boring industries we depend on every day, like the water and electric companies and the grocery store. And we need…