Nassim Taleb sticks his foot in his mouth again about IQ research

Nassim Taleb sticks his foot in his mouth again about IQ research. The real non-datamined (i.e. w/potential cherrypicking) IQ study is the Terman study. Shows "geniuses" fare no better (or only slightly better, there was a debate) than socioeconomic peers. Epi-style studies in Medicine are…

Free Trade and Migration of Peoples

Vox Day put out an interesting video about free trade: His argument is that free trade necessitates the migration of people, which economists don’t take into account. Such migration destroys nations and families and is destabilizing, which is why Vox says free trade is worse…

The daily view 12/21/2018

Usually the news cycle is slow, especially around the holidays, but there is a ton of stuff going on. 1. Trump administration officially bans bump stocks Those who possess the devices, which make it easier to fire rounds from a semi-automatic weapon by harnessing the…

High-IQ People are Not Being Inappropriately Excluded

There is a persistent myth/belief that high-IQ people–due to cultural factors, educators, employers, and the so-called ‘communications gap’–are being systematically and inappropriately excluded from society and employment, and such individuals are doomed to a lifetime of rejection and unhappiness. Based on the evidence I have…

America the outlier

Critics of neoreaction argue that democracies are more stable than monarchies; for example, Britain’s parliamentary monarchy. But many of the examples cited are not pure direct democracies, but rather are constitutional/parliamentary monarchies, such as Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. However, South America is an obvious counter-example,…

Student Loan Debt is Not a Drag on the U.S. Economy and Will Not Lead to Crisis

The left has been predicting student loan and financial crisis for years, to no avail. The same liberals who promote ‘useless’ degrees such as ‘gender studies,’ ‘child development,’ and ‘business administration’ are the same people predicting student loan crisis and seeking student loan reform and…

End of ‘Trumpism’

Scott describes the decline of Trumpism, but I think it’s pretty much dead at this point with little no hope of revival unless things change dramatically, which I doubt they will. But this decline is not due to changing public sentiment as Scott shows, but…

Aaron Swartz: I Hate the News

Form Aron Schwartz Aaron Swartz: I Hate the News I agree it’s mostly a waste of time in that it often does not effect the reader directly, but the funny thing is, when a smart, accomplished person like Aaron proudly proclaims he doesn’t, people are…

Ship of Fools

Tucker Carlson’s book “Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution” is getting a ton of media coverage and has been reviewed by iSteve and others on the so-called dissident right. Right now we are living through…

Does Donald Trump Owns This Stock Market? Maybe

From Bloomberg: It wasn’t smart to dump a dovish Fed chief, run up the deficit, and start a trade war. Trump did all three. Although Barry Ritholtz is a liberal and we probably would not agree on much politically, I agree with his investing philosophy…