The pundit disconnect

It’s not news that many pundits, both on the left and the right, dislike Trump, who is possibly the most polarizing politician in recent history, but the reasons are not always as simple as ideological differences, but rather due to fundamental differences in how pundits…

James Altucher Wrong About Crypto Currency

One of the ironies of crypto currency is that although the developers are pretty smart, the average speculator or pundit is really dumb. One thing you may notice is that there a lot of people who have money but are stupid…people who hype crypto currencies…

Ron Unz on Hispanic Crime

BlogviewRon Unz Archive An Open Letter to the “Alt-Right” and Others Ron Unz is one of the rare specimens of smart empiricists. As I argue, empiricism and materialism are ‘easier’ than rationalism and idealism, because the former can merely defer to manifest reality whereas the…

Taleb: IQ is largely a pseudoscientific swindle (Wrong again!)

Nassim Taleb is at it again with a Medium post that expounds on his anti-IQ twitter rant, which I critiqued earlier. Taleb’s argument, essentially, is that IQ tests only work on the ‘low end’ and not ‘high end’, and that IQ is not a predictor…

The Sam Vimes “Boots” Theory of Economic Injustice

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money. Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of…

Jordan Peterson’s IQ…estimate and Vox Day may be wrong

Vox Day put out a really interesting video purporting to give the ‘true’ value of of Dr. Jordan Peterson’s IQ, which he puts at only 115-120. He bases this on Dr. Peterson failing to get into law school, which suggests an unimpressive LSAT score, and…

The Descent of Man: Culture vs. Economics

From Quillette Reversing the Descent of Man: Heavy rates of unemployment are widely seen as related to the collapse of male morale and motivation. But it is a mistake to regard joblessness in itself as the cause of men’s problems. Male unemployment is no novelty,…

IQ and Politicians

Vox Day put out a video refuting Taleb’s criticisms of IQ, as well a blog post. Recommend watching the video in its entirety: I disagree regarding the ‘inappropriately excluded’ hypotheses, as discussed awhile back. My explanation is, IQ tests underestimate extremely high IQ, which means…

Student loan crisis: putting it in perspective

This tweet went viral: Indentured servitude. https://t.co/Z8ZVpnOBl4 — Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) December 24, 2018 It links to the article The Next Financial Calamity Is Coming. Here’s What to Watch. This chart immediately stands out: One may mistakenly believe that this is total debt outstanding,…

Christmas Round-Up

Merry Christmas From Ben Ben G-G-G-Garrison: We all want a wall, but for now have to settle for smaller wins. It’s about time we see Trump standing his ground for wall funding instead of caving in to a vague ‘border security’ compromise. I was right…