The Cognitive Aristocracy and the UBI

Saw this going viral: The Cognitive Aristocracy I agree with the part about a ‘cognitive aristocracy’, although the solution he proposes is unworkable. A growing cognitive aristocracy is important for one reason, and one reason alone—income. If being smarter, on average, didn’t help you to have a higher income, then this post would be moot.… Continue reading The Cognitive Aristocracy and the UBI

Blackpilling, part 2

Arnold is blackpilling Also, there is nothing to write about. Covington? Northam? If we have the luxury of turning these stories into headlines, then we are either doing very well as a country or else we are desparate for distractions from whatever real problems we have. It’s no so much that there is no news,… Continue reading Blackpilling, part 2

The “10,000 Hours of Practice” Myth (Practice makes better, but not perfect)

One of the more erroneous arguments by pop-science journalists and armchair psychologists is that talent is a myth and does not exist, and that differences in individual ability can be overcome through “thousands of hours of practice,” as popularized by the likes of Malcolm Gladwell (author of Outliers) and Daniel Coyle (author of The Talent… Continue reading The “10,000 Hours of Practice” Myth (Practice makes better, but not perfect)

Gadwell’s Revisionist History

Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell has a history of embellishing and omitting the truth in his writings, as I have discussed numerous times here. The same is also true for his podcast, ironically titled Revisionist History. In response to the excellent Noah Smith Bloomberg article America Lets Too Much Young Talent Go to Waste (which I… Continue reading Gadwell’s Revisionist History

Evolution of Online Political Journalism: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up

In the late 90’s and up until around 2009, online political journalism and the propagation of news and information was a top-down down process. Internet political journalism was dominated by a handful of news sites such as CNN, Drudge, Fox, Huffington Post, etc., as well as bloggers and pundits such as Ann Coulter and Michelle… Continue reading Evolution of Online Political Journalism: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up

The Enlightenment has Won

Pinker reflects on his book Enlightenment Now, addressing criticism and controversy. He writes: Nor has Enlightenment thinking ever carried the day. It has enjoyed spells of influence which have increased in length since 1945, but always has been opposed by Romantic, nationalist, militarist, and other Counter-Enlightenment ideologies. The authoritarian populism of the 2010s falls smack… Continue reading The Enlightenment has Won

Why Soys and Virgins Rule

It’s open season on so-called ‘soy boys’, a neologism for effeminate, weak (‘limp-wristed’) liberal males. This archetype is the target of derision and ridicule by many on the ‘right’. An example of the quintessential soy boy is the Obamacare ‘pajama boy,’ whose perceived effeminacy generated more ridicule than Obamacare signups, and there is even a… Continue reading Why Soys and Virgins Rule