Pandemic outcomes: HBD wins again

Still convinced IQ is ‘just a number?’ Take a look at the case trajectories for the major countries. What does Japan, South Korea, China, and Singapore have in common? They are high IQ and all successfully contained the virus. Meanwhile, low IQ and or socially…

Let’s stop hating on the boomers

Hating on boomers has become a sort of national pastime and shared narrative, with people on the ‘left’ and the ‘right’ finding plenty of reason and agreement to blame boomers for everything that is seemingly wrong with society today. For the ‘left,’ boomers are perceived…

Why social distancing does not work that well, part 2

In part 1 I explain, using some simple math and intuition, why the hype about social distancing is unfounded and unlikely to do much to prevent he spread of Covid19 in the US. The problems with social distancing are, as summarized in part 1: 1….

Hoping for the best

Ramz Gates Paul has put out multiple videos over the past month downplaying the virus. These videos have gotten a lot of down-votes relative to his other videos(11% dislike vs. 1-2% for other topics) suggesting considerable disagreement and discussion relative to the typical non-virus video….

Trump approval rating holding steady despite virus

Gates is off the mark here The job of the the President in crisis is to reassure the public, and that means being unfailingly optimistic. The last thing you are going to hear Trump say is “things are worse than expected,” at least not in…

I agree with Elon: Virus panic is dumb

The market’s reaction to the spread of the virus is worse than I expected. The S&P 500 plunged 7% on Monday, in addition to large loses on last Friday and Thursday. It is now 18% off the highs. At once point overnight on Monday it…

Regulation without government

It’s not so much that libertarianism is about unilaterally abolishing the government and letting companies and individuals do whatever they they so please, but rather it’s more like a conceptual framework for resolving disagreement and conflict when economic agents are either unable to choose not…

The coronavirus has divided the right

Lion and Jim are in agreement that the Coronavirus is a very serious problem. Of course, it is serious, but they are subscribing to the claim purported by experts that the morality rate is 2-4% and that it will kill millions of people unless drastic…

Is the Coronavirus a Once-In-A-Century Pathogen? Likely not

From quillette Dealing With a Once-In-A-Century Pathogen In 2018, Gates made another warning. Noting that people can now travel across the globe in a matter of hours, he said that a pathogen similar to SARS could kill 30 million people in six months.   A…