Matthew Yglesias regarding Charles Murray and The Bell Curve

From Vox: The Bell Curve is about policy. And it’s wrong. What’s more, despite the mythmaking around Murray, nobody has silenced or stymied him. He is one of the most successful authors of policy-relevant nonfiction working in America today. He’s ensconced at the center of…

Society’s Invisible Men

Some confuse Jordan Peterson for being an optimist. He’s not. He’s a realist, and sometimes realism calls for optimism, and other times pessimism. For people with high IQs and STEM skills, now is time for optimism. College grads, particularity in STEM, fared the best in…

Getting the square-cube law wrong

Time for something unrelated to politics… STRENGTH TRAINING AND WEIGHT LIFTING FOR SHORT MEN The square-cube law explains the relationship between the height, surface area, and volume of a shape. As you can see in the diagram, when you increase the height of a 2D…

Conveying action is as effective as action

The stock market was up huge today (or as Trump would say, yuge), with the S&P 500 gaining 1.6% on top of .3% gains on Monday. This suggests the market isn’t concerned about the overblown tariffs and the possibility of a ‘trade war’, which I…

Reconciling Free Will with Biological Determinism

Regarding yesterday’s post, a question that comes up is how does one reconcile biological determinism with free will and one’s ability to take personal responsibility? If some people are preordained to struggle due to poor genes in what has become an increasingly competitive economy, doesn’t…

Kevin Williamson’s cold dose of reality

As everyone is aware by now, Kevin Williamson was hired and then subsequently fired from The Atlantic. Making matters worse, he quit his lucrative gig at NRO, so he’s now worse-off than before unless NRO re-hires him. As I wrote many months ago, Kevin Williamson…

The news carousel

I liken politics and news to a carousel, in that it’s the same stuff over and over in a loop. There is the illusion of action because there is displacement and movement, yet the path is fixed and predictable. One could take a newspaper from…

Interesting Jordan Peterson quote

Although misattributed quotes are very common online, if the above quote is actually from Jordan Peterson, that a very liberal thing to say, or dare I say postmodernist. In fact that is leftism (which is a more left-wing variant of liberalism, or something categorically different,…

Centrism as a culture

This is one of those introspective, naval gazing type articles that tend to go viral easily Old Boomers Never Die Are boomers constitute a culture? I’m not so sure. Culture is something that is more specific than merely being an American between the age of…

Tariffs: more analysis

Bunch of stories about Trump tariffs: Stocks mount huge rebound as Trump, China tariff threat appears to ease Trump Cheers on Trade War With China As Stocks Tumble A lot of people are wondering if tariffs and the specter of a trade war with China…