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 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…

Common themes

On Medium.com, The New Yorker, and other ‘smart’ sites, articles that go viral often contain one or more of the following themes: 1. ‘The Enlightenment’ is/was overrated. For example, because it assumes humans are endowed with ‘reason’ and are ‘rational’. 2. Same for democracy. Democracy…

Your IQ Matters Less Than You Think: Response

Anti-IQ articles tend to be of dubious quality. A recent article from Nauseous magazine Your IQ Matters Less Than You Think, which went viral, is no exception. I am sharing this only because it was so viral and generated some interesting discussion. Regarding the apparent…

Jordan Peterson Cult?

It’s funny how Vox Day continues to attack Jordan Peterson. Vox and others believe that by trying to ‘expose’ Dr. Peterson, that Dr. Peterson’s followers will disavow him and he’ll lose credibility. However, in early May, 2018, when Vox began his first round of attacks…

Jordan Peterson Misfires

This tweet is generating a ton of discussion and is interpreted as betrayal by some: If confirmed Kavanaugh should step down. https://t.co/UwsH52ts3b — Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) October 5, 2018 A related tweet by Bret Weinstein calling Kavanaugh ‘entitled’ (which is the type of labeling…

Deconstructing a viral article: In Praise of Mediocrity

A few days ago, the NY Times article In Praise of Mediocrity went hugely viral on Hacker News, getting over 400 votes and over 200 comments. In contrast, a typical post that makes it to the ‘front page’ may only get 40-100 votes and only…