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…

Vox Day wrong about trade, GDP

Vox Day may be a genius at many things, but I think he’s wrong regarding the post Darkstream: Trade war is good for the U.S. economy, in which he writes: Instead what happened is what anti-free trade people like myself predicted would happen, and what…

Debunking the media’s smear campaign against Elon Musk

I’ve written extensively about Elon Musk and Tesla, mostly regarding Tesla’s financials, and how, contrary to the doom and gloom by the media, Tesla is not at risk of bankruptcy and predicting that the stock will do well. Although I’m not usually one to entertain…

Not worried about Trump tariffs, part 2

Trump set to press ahead new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods despite talks The Journal’s report dovetailed with a report from Bloomberg on Friday, in which the president is said to have directed his aides to proceed with plans to hit China’s…

Wrong About IQ? | Russell Warne and Stefan Molyneux

excellent video One is between a rock and a hard place. Is it worse to set up a slow kid for failure by pushing him too hard, or telling someone that they are not smart enough to do something? Both kinda suck. The second is…

Foreign Stocks Don’t Belong in Your Portfolio

Some people bristle at the suggestion that one should not own foreign stocks in an investment/retirement portfolio. After all, if the market is random and market timing is impossible, then excluding foreign stocks is the same as timing and therefore disadvantageous. This reflects a common…

Notes: Do you have to be smart to care?

Do you have to be smart to care? I don’t know. People who are are really dumb (IQs below a certain threshold such as 80 or so), don’t. But many really smart people care a lot about social issues. Contrary to the liberal media archetype…

My $100,000 Student Loan Debt

This article went massively rival, having been shared multiple times on Reddit and elsewhere: The inescapable weight of my $100,000 student debt It ends on a somewhat positive note, with the author becoming an editor for The New York Times, but he says he will…

Anti-Trump op-ed

I’m by now sure we’ve all read the infamous anti-Trump op-ed that has rocked the world and Trump administration: I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. The question on everyone’s mind is, who wrote it. Not surprisingly, leads have come up short….