The future: much like the present

In cosmology, the steady-state universe describes a model for which the universe is neither expanding nor contracting, but, as the name suggests, remains the same size (in terms of its geometric boundary). However, this has long been ruled out by radio telescope data, which show the universe is expanding and possibly even accelerating. But in… Continue reading The future: much like the present

Paper Wealth is Real Wealth

On various online discussions, usually in regard to Elon Musk’s wealth (or other billionaires, but it is usually Elon Musk given his fame and wealth), is that the reason he cannot ‘do more’ in terms philanthropy is that his wealth is paper wealth, not real wealth, and thus it’s not like having money. Regardless of… Continue reading Paper Wealth is Real Wealth

Normies, Status, and Substack

In regard to status, it’s not about how much money you earn, but rather the size of your megaphone. Obama is hardly among the wealthiest in the world, but commands a huge megaphone in terms of his influence. Normies, even wealthy normies, are stuck having little influence despite otherwise projecting the outward appearance of success,… Continue reading Normies, Status, and Substack

Repost: Are Things Really That Bad For Millennials

The post The Vampire Society by Vox Day went viral. It seems everyone hates the boomers; even boomers hate themselves. Boomers are blamed, by conservatives and liberals alike, for everything that is wrong with society. They are accused of being narcissistic and materialistic and being poor parents who outsourced their parenting duties to daycare so… Continue reading Repost: Are Things Really That Bad For Millennials

Random Thoughts April 4th

A question I have pondered is, how does one come up with interesting insights/thoughts? I would suspect there is a reading involved and also necessary to gauge the interests of the prospective audience, but what makes something ‘click? or viral” From what I have observed, content that is introspective and personal that tells the author’s… Continue reading Random Thoughts April 4th

Pre-Employment IQ Testing is Very Common

It is a common misconception online that pre-employment IQ testing is proscribed due to Griggs vs. Duke. This is false, as I epxlain in more detial here. AFIK, no employer administers an actual IQ test, such as the Stanford-Binet or Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale tests, as those are expensive and time-consuming to administer and typically must… Continue reading Pre-Employment IQ Testing is Very Common

Taleb Gets Called Out for Spreading BS Again

Scott calls out Taleb’s claim in Antifragile that “before the thirteenth century no more than five persons in the whole of Europe knew how to perform a division,” linking to a related Stack Exchange discussion from 8 years ago, which soundly debunks Taleb’s claim as “an outright misrepresentation of history.” Antifragile, published in 2012, is… Continue reading Taleb Gets Called Out for Spreading BS Again

The Covid Stimulus Inflation Debate, Continued

With 127 million $1,400 checks having been disbursed, pundits are predictably debating, yet again, about inflation. Will the checks be inflationary? My answer, again, is an empathic ‘no’. Similar to the first and second round of Covid stimulus payments, CPI will not budge much, if any. the US dollar will not fall, and treasury yields… Continue reading The Covid Stimulus Inflation Debate, Continued

Paul Graham on Writing: What Went Wrong

Paul Graham essays are usually highly acclaimed. But his latest, “Write Simply,” ( got a lot of criticism in the comments compared to the typical column. So what went wrong. There are several problems: Some readers noted in the comments that using only simple, short words and short sentences can come across as jarring by… Continue reading Paul Graham on Writing: What Went Wrong