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…

Two correct predictions

These were pretty much no-brainers, but I may as well take credit where it is due. A couple months ago, the punching bag of the left, Elon Musk, got into trouble for making a tweet promising an acquisition of Tesla at $420/share, which turned out…

Alt Right- Two Variants

Everyone is aware of the long-standing division between classical liberals versus welfare/SJW-left. And among the right, there is the division between ‘establishment conservatives’ versus the alt-right. But among the the alt-right there is yet another division that I have observed over the past few years,…

The great slow-down

Tyler Cowen has written about the so-called ‘great stagnation‘ to describe what he perceives as stagnation of the U.S. economy and innovation in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis. But the evidence suggests he was wrong. In terms of GDP, stock market gains, Silicon Valley…

A Troublesome Intelligence? Response

Chanda Chisala’s latest Unz Review article A Troublesome Intelligence? A Note to Richard Lynn, Charles Murray, James Thompson et al. is going viral, and like all of his articles, has generated enormous discussion. Chisala claims to have ‘refuted’ Charles Murray, Lynn, and other proponents of…

notes: The Kavanaugh media circus

Watch: Christine Blasey Ford’s raw, emotional opening statement In her statement, Ford says “I tried to get away… but his weight was heavy…he was inebriated” BS. Pushing a drunk teenage kid away, who probably weighs 140 pounds or so, is not hard to do, even…