github -- danluu/debugging-stories
'Debugging stories are fun! This is a collection of links to various debugging stories.'
4 days ago
Scientific American -- Among Trillions of Microbes in the Gut, a Few Are Special
'Kenya Honda, a microbiologist at Keio University in Tokyo, was among the first to uncover the critical role of clostridial microbes in maintaining a balanced immune system. To study how native microbes affect animals, scientists decades ago developed the germ-free mouse: an animal without any microbiota whatsoever. These rodents, delivered by cesarean section and raised in sterile plastic bubbles, can exist only in labs. Of the many oddities they present—including shrunken heart and lungs and abnormalities in the large intestine—Honda was particularly intrigued by their lack of cells that prevented immune overreaction, called regulatory T cells, or Tregs. Without these cells, the mice were unusually prone to inflammatory disease. --- Honda wanted to know which of the many intestinal species might induce these suppressor cells. Soon after Sokol identified the anti-inflammatory effects of F. prausnitzii, Honda began whittling away at the gut microbiota of mice by treating them with narrow-spectrum antibiotics. The animals' Tregs declined after a course of vancomycin. With their ability to restrain their immune reaction hobbled, the mice became highly susceptible to colitis, the rodent version of inflammatory bowel disease and allergic diarrhea. Honda found he could restore the Tregs and immune equilibrium of the mice just by reinstating 46 native clostridial strains. -- Honda repeated the exercise with human-adapted microbes obtained from a healthy lab member. He extracted just 17 clostridial species this time that, in mice, could induce a full repertoire of Tregs and prevent inflammation. These human-adapted microbes specialized in nudging the immune system away from inflammatory disease. They came from branches of the clostridial group labeled clusters IV, XIVa and XVIII. F. prausnitzii belongs to cluster IV. -- Vedanta Biosciences recently formed to try to turn Honda's 17-strain “clostridial cocktail” into a treatment for inflammatory disease. If the company's efforts are successful, it could signal the arrival of the next generation of probiotics—human-adapted microbes to treat immune-mediated disease—and all derived from one member of Honda's lab. As always, it is unclear if what works in lab mice will translate to humans. Sokol has his doubts. He recently identified a type of regulatory T cell that is unique to humans and that is deficient in people with inflammatory bowel disease. He questions if Honda's cocktail, which has been developed in mice, will activate these cells in people. -- ...Earlier this year Cathryn Nagler, an immunologist at the University of Chicago, knocked out the clostridial bacteria with antibiotics and then fed the animals peanut protein. Without those microbes and their corresponding Tregs present, the protein leaked through the gut barrier into circulation, prompting the rodent version of a food allergy. She could prevent the sensitization just by introducing those clostridial bacteria. -- One key difference between mice with and without the clostridial clusters was how many mucus-secreting cells they possessed. Animals that harbored the clostridial clusters had more. That may have far-reaching consequences. Mucus, scientists are finding, contains compounds that repel certain microbes, maintaining a tiny distance between them and us. But it also carries food for other bacteria—complex, fermentable sugars that resemble those found in breast milk. Lora Hooper, a microbiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, calls this dual function the “carrot” and the “stick.” Mucus serves both as an antimicrobial repellent and a growth medium for friendly bacteria.'
biology  bacteria  health 
4 days ago
Childhood Emotional Neglect -- Were You Born Under the Gaslight?
'#4. The Emotionally Neglectful Family (CEN): In this family, your physical needs may be met just fine. But your emotional needs are ignored. No one notices what the children are feeling. The language of emotion is not used in the home. “Don’t cry,” “Suck it up,” “Don’t be so sensitive,” are frequently uttered by the CEN parent. The most basic, primary part of what makes you you (your emotional self) is treated as a burden or non-existent. -- The Message: Your feelings and needs are bad and a burden to others. Keep them hidden. Don’t rely on others, and don’t need anything. You don’t matter. -- The Gaslight Effect: You have been trained to deny the most deeply personal, biological part of who you are, your emotions, and you have dutifully pushed them out of sight and out of mind. Now, you live your life with a deeply ingrained feeling that you are missing something that other people have. You feel empty or numb at times. You don’t trust yourself or your judgments because you lack your emotions to guide you. Your connections to others are one-way or lack emotional depth. Even if you are surrounded by people, deep down you feel alone. None of it makes any sense to you.'
psychology  emotion  neglect  schizoid 
5 days ago
Oliver Burkeman -- Why patience really is a virtue
'...patience was a matter of “conforming yourself to the need to wait for things”; it was a way of accepting one’s lack of control over the world. But now we don’t need to wait for most things, patience has become a form of control over the world and, as she puts it, “over the tempo of contemporary life that otherwise controls us”. In this new environment, there’s nothing remotely passive about standing in front of a painting for three hours. On the contrary, it’s a subversive act. On the other side of impatience – if you can learn to wait out that jitteriness – lies power.'
psychology  ambientimmediacy  control 
5 days ago
Aeon -- Algorithms can be a digital star chamber by Frank Pasquale
'Cyberspace is no longer an escape from the ‘real world’. It is now a force governing it via algorithms: recipe-like sets of instructions to solve problems. From Google search to OkCupid matchmaking, software orders and weights hundreds of variables into clean, simple interfaces, taking us from query to solution. Complex mathematics govern such answers, but it is hidden from plain view, thanks either to secrecy imposed by law, or to complexity outsiders cannot unravel. -- Limits on data collection will frustrate big-data mavens. The CEO of ZestFinance has proudly stated that ‘all data is credit data’ – that is, predictive analytics can take virtually any scrap of information about a person, analyse whether it corresponds to a characteristic of known-to-be-creditworthy people, and extrapolate accordingly. -- ...Law enforcers of the future could find it difficult to learn all the variables that go into credit and employment decisions. Protected by trade secrecy, many algorithms remain impenetrable to outside observers. When they try to unveil them, litigants can face a Catch-22. Legitimately concerned to stop ‘fishing expeditions’, courts are likely to grant discovery requests only if a plaintiff has accumulated some quantity of evidence of discrimination. But if the key entity making a decision was a faceless ‘black boxed’ algorithm, what’s the basis for an initial suspicion of discrimination?'
algorithms  malgorithms  blackboxes  echochamber  daemon 
5 days ago
McLuhan Galaxy -- The Metaphor Morphs: From Global Village to Global Theatre
'[1.6] The Internet, more than television (indeed, the two are increasingly converging), is a public space for doing one’s thing, with participants generating their own content—putting on their own show, as it were. The Internet “turns the globe into a repertory theater to be programmed” by its participants (McLuhan, 1970, pp. 9–10). The Internet realizes McLuhan’s vision of a space that serves as a stage that is theoretically open to an infinite number of players, each doing their thing for others to witness, and thus contributing programming to the nonstop theater. McLuhan is even clearer in his prediction of a networked participatory culture in his 1972 book, written with Barrington Nevitt, Take Today: The Executive as Dropout. They write of [1.7] the institution of a new kind of global theater, in which all men become actors and there are few spectators. The population of the world is both the cast and content of this new theater. The repertory of the theater consists of a perpetual happening,which can include the retrieval or replay of any previous happenings that men choose to experience. (p. 145)'
internet  anonequiveillance  selfservers  performance  theadvertisedlife  McLuhan 
5 days ago
YouTube -- The Onion Explains: The Totalitarian State Of North Korea
'How is the secretive totalitarian government of the Hermit Kingdom operated? The Onion explains North Korea.'
TheOnion  statism  satire 
5 days ago
ThoughtCatalog -- 25 Struggles Only INFJs Will Understand by Heidi Priebe
'INFJs – Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling Judgers – are the deep, compassionate intellectuals of the MBTI world. Making up just 1% of the population, this type is sourly misunderstood by most other types. They are the philosophical nurturers, the accidental counsellors and the extroverted introverts. In may ways, they are a series of internal contradictions. And sometimes it’s a struggle.'
psychology  personality  INFJ 
5 days ago
YouTube -- Nature's Lessons in Healing Trauma: An Introduction to Somatic Experiencing
'In this video, you will learn about the physiological basis of trauma and how Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), developed by Peter A. Levine, PhD, helps distressed individuals recover a sense of well being, stability and vitality.'
psychology  body  trauma 
11 days ago
The Journal of Libertarian Studies -- The Enterprise of Community: Market Competition, Land, and Environment by Spencer Heath MacCallum (PDF)
'We tend to think of land as something physical: We describe it as clear, rocky, fertile, or barren. But those who deal in land say that three things give it value: location, location, location. It makes sense from an economic standpoint, therefore, to look at land not as anything physical, but as a special kind of location having to do only incidentally with geophysical coordinates. It is intangible, always changing, never fixed in supply. I am talking about location with respect to all of the things in the environs of a site, near or far, present or anticipated, that have any relevance for its intended use. This excludes features of the site itself, such as the presence or absence of valuable minerals, soil, water, or built improvements. We are interested in what surrounds the site, not what is on it. Admittedly, having said that, the physical attributes of a site do affect the probable use of the surrounding land, and to that extent its environment. But except for that, the physical features just named can be bought, sold, altered, or removed from a site without affecting its location in the sense described. -- From this perspective, what landowners actually sell—that which commands value—is location with respect to a specific environment at the moment of consideration or anticipated for the future. A site merely defined by geophysical coordinates without reference to its surroundings has no ascertainable value; it comes into demand only as its environs have relevance for an activity that is to take place there. A prospective home site for a young family gains in desirability if there is a school nearby, or a mine site if there is a railroad accessible to transport its ores, or a retail site if there are residences nearby, not to mention parking spaces, utility grids, and many other things. When we buy or sell land, therefore, we are trading in what might be called positioning rights – rights to position ourselves and our activities strategically relative to other people and activities we consider significant.'
economics  land  landlordism 
11 days ago
Albion Awake -- Albion Awake Interviews – Spencer MacCallum
'2) What is heathian anarchism? Heath was never an anarchist, which is a negative term signifying nothing but the absence of rulership. He was interested in how society works, how it self-organizes. He defined society not as simply a population, but as th e portion of a population reciprocally engaged in voluntary exchange. The boundaries of society are thus permeable and, as society evolves, expanding to include a greater and greater fraction of the population, the excluded fraction consisting of political and other violent and criminal elements. These are beyond the pale, literally outlaw, outside the customary law of society, customary law tending to approximate the natural laws that govern social phenomena like everything else in nature and which ought never be confused with legislated rules. -- 3) Could you explain the basic idea as presented in Spencer Heath’s book Citadel, Market and Altar? The title symbolizes three aspects of society. First, there must be a protected place. Given a safe place, there can develop voluntary exchange. The market meets the current needs of society, maintaining it at a given level. In addition, it creates opportunity and means for non-necessitous pursuits, which is the field of inspiration, symbolized by the altar. Here society advances to higher levels through the development of pure sciences, philosophy, and the arts. Citadel, Market and Altar explains, as no one has undertaken to do before, the functional role of private property in land as the fundamental social institution. It makes possible the protected place upon which the market depends. As its potential to provide not only protection but all manner of public community services contractually in the market comes to be understood, it will become one of the most profitable of market enterprises, freeing mankind to creative pursuits in infinite scope and variety. -- 4) What are the main differences in your mind between the Heathian vision and the Henry George model of society? George’s great, intuitive insight was to see ground rent as the natural fund for public services. But in applying this insight, he mistakenly looked to political means. He would remove all taxes on land use, which is good, and place it entirely on ground rent — the “Single Tax.” Heath saw that protecting land users from taxation would make land use of every kind so profitable that the value of land would rise dramatically. Realizing this, the land-owning interest would become not the opponent but the main proponent of the Single-Tax. Property owners would lead the movement to untax all land uses and out of the increased revenues would begin to oversee and gradually take over voluntarily the funding and provision of all community services. By thus bringing public services out of politics and into the market, government as we know it would be outgrown. See my paper, “The Enterprise of Community” (Journal of Libertarian Studies 17:4, Fall 2003), revised by the author 2008. -- 5) How is this different from the various schools of anarcho-capitalism? Anarcho-capitalists fail to see the provision of public community services as a potential field for entrepreneurial enterprise.'
economics  land  landlordism 
11 days ago
Spencer Heath -- The Legacy of Spencer Heath
'Heath departs from the traditionally moral view of ownership as a matter of individual rights granted from a "higher authority." His analysis proceeds from his observations of ownership functioning as a social institution. The unspoken social convention, or covenant, establishing the institution of property he found to be the essential factor that makes all the rest of the spectrum of social relations possible, thereby directly enhancing durability (longer life). The duration of one's life and the time available for living it fully is served on the one hand, he explains, by “quiet possession” (property in the individual or private sense), and on the other by the specialization of services and exchange (property in the social sense). He shows how this social convention enables men and women to moderate the temporal imperative each faces and with which each must deal in his own way. -- Property in the individual sense is said to be owned. Ownership, therefore, is the status that derives from the social condition of quiet possession. McCallum points out that the root of the word own is the same as for the word owe.[5] Thus, to own property enables one to owe another. This is suggestive that property has long been regarded as having a reciprocal social function. -- Heath might readily have characterized the institution of property in some manner like the following: Ownership and its socially dynamic corollary of exchange liberate the imagination, open the path to immortality and inspire the prospect of infinite creation. Property is truly the social capital in nature which underwrites man's inclinations to perfect his life, to nurture his offspring, to cultivate his community and to preserve the prospects of succeeding generations of his species. -- Heath thus analyzes the convention of property as having a dual nature, an individual and a social aspect, both of which he finds embedded in consensual (volitional) phenomena. The individual aspect, quiet possession, is precedent. It calls for a covenant among men, at least among those in the neighborhood, that thou shalt not do (trespass, etc.). This covenant of quiet possession confers more than an immediate benefit in terms of personal security. It is the true social covenant for it establishes the tolerance that enables exchange by means of which man may serve himself by serving others. Without quiet possession, not only is there no secure production or consumption; there is nothing secure to exchange. -- While he discovered the social aspect of property in the process of exchange, Heath found exchange to be quite evidently derivative of quiet possession because it occurs only when a transaction is mutual, and mutuality cannot be established if the status of the parties with respect to the contemplated exchange is ambiguous. Exchange proceeds only upon agreement --which is contract--to do that which prompts other participants to do their part freely in return, i.e., to reciprocate. -- Exchange is man's principal agency of self-improvement because improvement requires doing and, obviously, not just anything will do. Some "doings" cause conflict, which detracts from life. Others, lacking technological prowess, not only fail to gratify but are wasteful of time and materials. Thus, it is the individual drive for self improvement that underlies the consensus for reciprocity characterizing civil society everywhere. That man civilizes himself is a consequence of his drive for self improvement. Such civilizing tendencies are recognized by economists in what they call “the division or specialization of labor" and by sociologists in what they see as a virtually universal quest for "education." -- Heath defined property in its social sense in strictly operational terms, namely, as “that which can become the subject-matter of contract." This was no mere abstract definition to suit his theoretical constructions. He would rely on what is meant by “contract” to explain the origin and operation of proprietary administration, which he showed to be the only truly rational form of administration for whatever social purpose. -- Possibly a result of his training in law, Heath was satisfied that Anglo-Saxon common-law notions of contract were reliable, reinforcing his view of property as a social institution. According to this conception, property is a natural phenomenon that is discovered by man who, upon such discovery, may characterize it as "natural law." "Property," so understood, is no more a creation of man-made law, or statute, than are language, art, music, arithmetic, common law, family, money, etc.'
economics  property  contract  commonlaw  civility  anarchism 
11 days ago
Vanity Fair -- Tinder and Hookup-Culture Promotion
'...Bring all of this up to young men, however, and they scoff. Women are just as responsible for “the shit show that dating has become,” according to one. “Romance is completely dead, and it’s the girls’ fault,” says Alex, 25, a New Yorker who works in the film industry. “They act like all they want is to have sex with you and then they yell at you for not wanting to have a relationship. How are you gonna feel romantic about a girl like that? Oh, and by the way? I met you on Tinder.”'
12 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Grief And Funeral Ceremonies
'...from the psychological point of view many of the rites and traditions within the various religions fulfill powerful psychological human needs that must be addressed, whether within the confines of a specific belief system or outside of it, and the funeral ceremony is a prime example. Like we said, when talking about grief and funeral ceremonies what we’re really talking about is closure for the members of a community affected by death, an agreed upon way to accept the loss as unalterable and to say goodbye in order to close that open grief gestalt. -- Our point is that when someone close to you dies you’ll be confronted with an open grief gestalt, regardless of whether or not you’re religious, and it will be your responsibility to move towards healing. It doesn’t really matter if this process is public or private, culturally sanctioned or specific to your way of seeing the world. What matters is getting to a point where you have accepted the unalterable reality of your loss and are able to say goodbye. This is the function that funeral ceremonies are meant to fulfill and it’s an exceedingly important one for the human psyche.'
psychology  loss  death  ritual 
12 days ago
Childhood Emotional Neglect -- What Do You Wish Your Parents Had Said to You?
'Why did I ask this particular question? Because in my experience as a psychologist, I have found that people are naturally far more able to think about and describe what they wish their parents had not done or said to them than what they wish their parents had done or said to them. -- This distinction is also a fair description of the difference between abuse and neglect. Abuse is an action, whereas neglect is a lack of action. Our brains record and remember things that happened (like abuse), whereas our brains do not notice things that don’t happen (neglect). -- Which seems worse: a parent who screams and yells at a child and calls him names? Or a parent who simply does not talk to or engage the child at all? -- I have seen that failure to engage, notice and affirm a child does just as much damage to him or her as abuse, but the effects are different. An abused child will feel “hit,” verbally, physically or emotionally; whereas a neglected child will feel simply “at sea,” invalid and alone. -- I see Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) as one of the greatest potential threats to future generations. It is difficult to stop something that is invisible, intangible, unnoticeable and unmemorable. -- The subtlety of CEN gives it extra power. Many adults who grew up with an absence of emotionally attentive observations and questions like those listed above do not recognize the damage that this absence has done them. And even when they recognize it, they can’t quite believe or grasp it. -- People with CEN vastly underestimate its effects upon them. CEN is, by definition, nothing. How can nothing be something? How can nothing be a source of enduring pain and struggle? It seems unfathomable…' -- However vast the darkness...
neglect  psychology  abuse  abyss 
12 days ago
Aeon -- How yuppies hacked the hacker ethos by Brett Scott
'...This is not just about property. In cosmetics shops on Oxford Street in London you can find beauty products blazoned with pagan earth-mother imagery. Why are symbols of earth-worship found within the citadels of consumerism, printed on products designed to neutralise and control bodily processes? They’ve been gentrified. Pockets of actual paganism do still exist, but in the mainstream such imagery has been thoroughly cleansed of any subversive context. -- We are currently witnessing the gentrification of hacker culture. The countercultural trickster has been pressed into the service of the preppy tech entrepreneur class. It began innocently, no doubt. The association of the hacker ethic with startups might have started with an authentic counter-cultural impulse on the part of outsider nerds tinkering away on websites. But, like all gentrification, the influx into the scene of successive waves of ever less disaffected individuals results in a growing emphasis on the unthreatening elements of hacking over the subversive ones. -- ...the hacker ethic is hollowed out and subsumed into the ideology of solutionism, to use a term coined by the Belarusian-born tech critic Evgeny Morozov. It describes the tech-industry vision of the world as a series of problems waiting for (profitable) solutions.' --> https://youtu.be/dFs9WO2B8uI
augmentationistsvsimmersionists  hackersvsvectoralists  gentrification 
12 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
'The 18th century Jean-Jacques Rousseau made the bold claim that modernity and civilisation are not improvements; they’ve dragged us from a primitive state of innocence and happiness.'
philosophy  status  civilization 
12 days ago
JudgyBitch -- I was wrong about misogyny: there’s lots of it in our culture
'...It’s perfectly fine for women to band together and go on slut walks where everyone is a self-proclaimed slut, but show up at the office wearing something the less pretty ladies perceive as “sexy” and you’ll be a slut all by yourself. Pretty much 100% of women will aggress against a ‘sexy’ peer. In most cases, all it takes to be sexy is to be of normal body weight and have a resting pleasant face. You can trust me on that one. Women being catty, petty, vicious little bitches isn’t something we can lay at the feet of feminism – it’s likely a hardwired aspect of women’s psychology, having to do with intrasexual mate competition. What we most certainly can lay at the feet of feminism is the disturbingly successful campaign to shift women’s hatred of other women onto men, and feminism’s denial of its inherent misogyny, and hence denial of women’s full, adult agency. Refusing to admit that women can be really shitty human beings, prone to deeply unbecoming behavior is a way of denying that women are fully human. When feminists assert that only men and a few outliers like #WomenAgainstFeminism can be misogynists, they are denying women their full humanity. Why wouldn’t women be capable of misogyny? We’re all supposed to play uncritically for the same team because vagina?'
men  women  relationalaggression  agencyvspatiency  victimhood 
12 days ago
girlwriteswhat comments on Patriarchy theory is a form of psychological projection.
'Feminist looks up at the men whose power she covets, and thinks, "If I had that kind of power, I'd be screwing over the opposite sex in favor of my own. That MUST be what men have been doing all this time!" -- Your comments in the last paragraph are also something that weighs on my mind. -- Even setting aside the troubling possibility that if women were dominant they would create the very system they have mistakenly imagined men did, the previous system was one of male dominance and gynocentrism. Men have sought the top of society because women embody the center of it. -- There is no way, in my opinion, for them to switch places within the psyches of the collective. If and when women gain dominance, they will not cease to also be the center of society. There will be no notions, instinctive or socially constructed, telling women to treat men kindly and with gentleness, consideration and chivalry. Women's existence AS the center of society has protected them, but men could not become the center, even if women were willing to give up their place there.'
men  women  feminism  power  gynocentrism  apexuality 
19 days ago
girlwriteswhat comments on Patriarchy theory is a form of psychological projection.
'Society tends to revolve around whatever it takes to nurture the next generation. This is simply an emergent property of evolution that manifests in human psychology and in the structures of societies. -- On the individual level, women and children are essentially the center of the family. In western countries, the family unit itself has increasingly been described as "women and their children". "Women and their children" have a spreadsheet of needs, and men are expected to fill whatever empty slots are there. The spreadsheet can change in ways that make a man more or less necessary. For instance, government can fill the "breadwinning" slot through welfare, at which point, the husband/father becomes less necessary, or even expendable, as if man's place in the family is one of "employee" rather than full member. -- This dynamic exists because women are the ones who gestate and give birth. That biological reality has placed women at the center of the family. Historically, the empty slots on women's spreadsheets placed men at the head of the family. -- Like individual organisms, societies are also subject to the forces of evolution. Some systems will be more efficient than others, and will outcompete, annex or absorb and assimilate the others. For a long time, due to environmental factors (scarcity, disease, war, danger, etc) male dominance ("patriarchy") was the most efficient system. It was the system wherein men were compelled by social custom and law to fill in the empty slots on women's spreadsheets, and were granted more rights and privileges than women in the service of that end. -- To grossly simplify, men were given hammers not because society favored men, but because women needed men to hammer things back when hammering was an odious and dangerous chore. Women were not given hammers, because men were required, by custom and law, to do all of the hammering women needed for them, and giving women hammers might lead men to start saying, "why should I hammer things for this woman. She has her own hammer, let her hammer her own shit." -- And then something happened. Safety glasses and pneumatic nail guns were invented. Suddenly hammering things became safe and easy, and women said, "why do these men get to do all the hammering? We've been deprived by men of our right to hammer things all through history, while these men have been enjoying the privilege of hammering things the whole time! We want pneumatic nail guns, too!" -- And society gave women pneumatic nail guns, because society has always structured itself around the needs of "women and their children". Women can now do their own hammering, they can now fill that slot on their spreadsheet themselves, so it's unfair to deprive them of nail guns, and men are just going to have to find a different slot to fill. -- And 100 years later, a Monk Debate was broadcast on Canadian TV where four feminist women pondered the topic "Be it resolved, men are obsolete." -- Women as the center of society is the reason why, at no point throughout human history, has this resolution ever been applied to women in any blanket sense. The great spreadsheet belongs to Woman. It is Man who must step up and fill the empty slots. If he can't, or if there are no empty slots to fill, he's obsolete.'
men  women  feminism  gynocentrism  sacrifice 
19 days ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: 15 Reasons to Date a Single Mom - Rebutted!
'Recently an eHarmony article discussed the top 15 Reasons to Date a Single Mom. Stefan Molyneux goes through the the list – and well – disagrees.' -- "She's actually two thousand dollars or so a month *not* worth dating because that's how much [the absent father] is willing to pay to stay away."
men  women  predation  StefanMolyneux 
19 days ago
Share The Rents -- The Cannibalistic Way to Make Money
'The most important structural change to occur in a century is marked by a huge shift in investor sentiment. Instead of investing in the formation of fixed capital assets (which add value to the wealth of nations), the Big Bucks are going into the purchase of assets that generate rents (to cannibalise the wealth produced by others). -- ... In London, the estate agents Savills forecasts that property in the central districts will increase by 24.4% in the four years to 2018. According to my calculations, that is a modest forecast. I reckon prices of top-end properties will rise much faster in the run-up to the mid-cycle recession in 2019. -- But the struggle with unaffordable house prices is the least of the problems now facing European economies. Analysts have not yet cottoned on to the medium- to long-term implications of the new economy. Investment markets have been compromised by the preferences of rent-rich foreign investors like the sovereign wealth funds of the Middle East which need to park their oil rents. They are buying rent-generating assets, or investing in infrastructure projects that will generate a flow of rental income over the next 30 years. Why does this matter? Governments ought to be alarmed, for at least two reasons: #As the infrastructure comes on stream, dividends will flow abroad, creating a crisis for balance of payments. #Rents are the economy’s net – or taxable – income. As the pool of available rents shrinks, governments will find it increasingly difficult to fund public services. -- The change in the character of the economy will surface as increasing turbulence in the markets. Austerity policies, far from being temporary strategies to rebalance the economy, will become permanent devices for trying to balance the books. The amplitudes of the swings in market activity will become increasingly violent. Social distress will intensify as housing becomes increasingly unaffordable even to middle-class professionals.'
economics  land  geoism  rent  rentseeking  uk  predictions  FredHarrison 
19 days ago
Ribbonfarm -- Frontierland by Sarah Perry
Comment: Venkatesh Rao: 'Theme parks are consequentialist, amusement parks are deontological. I think.' -- And therefore I must instrumentalize?
augmentationistsvsimmersionists  probabilityspace  possibilityspace  dementalizing  mentalizing 
19 days ago
Melting Asphalt -- The More the Merrier
'...Moral systems are some of the strongest network effects on the planet, right up there with cities, markets, and communication technologies. -- A moral system is a set of norms bundled together with mechanisms for upholding them. These can get pretty complicated, but perhaps the simplest and most universal moral system is the Nice System: #Norm: be nice to others. #Enforcement: Punish those who aren't nice to others. #(Bonus) Meta-norm: punish those who don't help enforce the norms. -- Here's why it works. First of all, Nice people get along well with other Nice people, enjoying a strong network effect. Mean people, however, don't get along well with each other. Nor do Mean people get along with Nice people (as long as the Nice people are effectively enforcing their norms). When Mean people aren't punished for being Mean, however, they'll go on happily exploiting the community of Nice people, steadily undermining the network effect, i.e., the lynchpin of the whole thing. -- (Note that in some circumstances, Mean people can develop their own moral system — an honor code among thieves. In this way they can achieve a small network effect. But because it's weaker than the network effect enjoyed by Nice people, the Mean Network won't be nearly as strong as the Nice Network. This is the advantage that Good has over Evil.) -- When everyone's Nice to each other, they get along better, don't waste as much energy fighting with each other, etc. Each additional Nice member added to the Nice community makes the whole thing more valuable. Each Mean person, however, corrupts the network and must be kept out or otherwise at bay. -- ... Sermons need to be repeated because real human beings (unlike the hyper-rational archetypes contrived for use in logic puzzles) need to hear a sermon more than once in order to understand it, remember it, and infer all its consequences. Even when you understand a sermon after hearing it for the first time, other people might need more time and repetition. For a sermon to reach common knowledge — for it to fully saturate within the community — we need to ensure that even the slowest-witted others have internalized the message. -- So the preacher gives weekly sermons at church, and because the virtues he's preaching have strong network effects, all the Nice people gather around — not just to listen, but to see and be seen. We might even say they flock to church. Flock, swarm: same thing.'
philosophy  morality  securityvsnovelty  rituals  swarming 
19 days ago
Evolution Counseling -- Immortality Project
'Grants, scholarships, public works, mentorships, art and literature, foundations, donations, the propagation and rearing of children, all have at their heart that secret need to continue on in some form, to exist after death by having exerted an impact on the world. In the same way domination, invasion, violation, causing pain and suffering, all have at their heart that secret need to be remembered, to exist after death by having exerted an impact on the world.'
psychology  existentialism  death 
19 days ago
The Atlantic -- On the Floor Laughing: Traders Are Having a New Kind of Fun
'...games are constrained in a way that the real world isn't: there is a board, field, pitch, court, area, table, ring or other enclosure that bounds the action in space; clocks that bound it in time; and rules that restrict the space of allowable moves. -- In some ways those constraints are what make games mentally satisfying, because they relieve us of what existentialists called "the anxiety of freedom." By giving us obvious, well-defined goals, they save us from having to define success; and with points, leaderboards, heads-up displays, indicators, badges, etc., they tell us exactly when we've achieved it. -- Humans crave that kind of structure, probably because we get so little of it in real life. It's a lot harder to say whether you "have a healthy romantic relationship" or "are making a lasting contribution to something bigger than yourself" than that you've "lined up the yellow gemstones," "scored more points than the other team in twenty minutes," or "collected forty pounds of silver." -- Think of the pleasure we get crossing things off lists, the thrill of reaching "inbox zero" or finishing a book. We want to accomplish things and, maybe more importantly, we want to know that we've accomplished them. -- Games (and video games in particular) exploit that essential insecurity. They're engineered to unfold as a series of short feedback cycles, every action a small experiment that concludes in minutes, if not seconds, with concrete consequences: you either win or lose points. That vivid loop keeps you constantly engaged. It sucks you into the micro-mechanics of the game, because even the smallest maneuvers give you the feeling of "getting somewhere." You can't help but tweak, tweak, tweak your way up the game's learning curve, an eye always on your rising score. -- Now think of what a trader does. A trader's job is to be smarter than the market. He converts a mess of analysis and intuition into simple bets. He makes moves. If his predictions are better than everyone else's, he wins money; if not, he loses it. At every moment he has a crystalline picture of his bottom line, the "P and L" (profit and loss) that determines how much of a bonus he'll get and, more importantly, where he stands among his peers. As my friend put it, traders are "very, very, very competitive." At the end of the day they ask each other "how did you do today?" Trading is one of the few jobs with an actual leaderboard, which, if you've ever been on one, or strived to get there, you'll recognize as being perhaps the single most powerful driver of a gamer's engagement. -- Mind you, the game the traders play is nothing like Mario or Zelda or Megaman. It's not a shoot-em-up or racing game. What it is is more like Starcraft or maybe TradeWars: an intense, cerebral, massively multiplayer real-time strategy game. It's a game grounded in information: prices, mostly, but also all kinds of news and rumors and oblique signals, whether by way of balance sheets or CNBC. It's the kind of game that requires the player to immerse himself in data, distill from it a sort of strategical gestalt, and convert that high-level battle plan into a series of discrete maneuvers, in this case trades on the open market. -- The data a trader plays with, just by virtue of being connected to significant amounts of actual people's money, has a depth to it – gravitas – and a kind of genuine dynamism that can't be programmed.'
existentialism  psychology  flow  anxiety  control  games  thegamingofeverydaylife  patternrecognition  feedback  #processing  trading 
19 days ago
Psychology Today -- 7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes the Brain
'#1. Epigenetic Shifts: When we’re thrust over and over again into stress-inducing situations during childhood or adolescence, our physiological stress response shifts into overdrive, and we lose the ability to respond appropriately and effectively to future stressors—ten, twenty, even thirty years later. This happens due to a process known as gene methylation, in which small chemical markers, or methyl groups, adhere to the genes involved in regulating the stress response, and prevent these genes from doing their jobs. As the function of these genes is altered, the stress response becomes re-set on “high” for life, promoting inflammation and disease. -- This can make us more likely to over-react to the everyday stressors we meet in our adult life—an unexpected bill, a disagreement with a spouse, or a car that swerves in front of us on the highway, creating more inflammation. This, in turn, predisposes (link is external) us to a host of chronic conditions, including autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer, and depression. -- Indeed, Yale researchers recently found that children who’d faced chronic, toxic stress showed changes “across the entire genome,” in genes that not only oversee the stress response (link is external), but also in genes implicated in a wide array of adult diseases (link is external). This new research on early emotional trauma, epigenetic changes, and adult physical disease breaks down longstanding delineations between what the medical community has long seen as “physical” disease versus what is “mental” or “emotional.”'
psychology  childhood  stress  trauma  disease  health  epigenetics 
19 days ago
Personality Junkie -- INFJ-INFJ Relationships & Compatibility
'INFJs have a history of projecting lofty ideals onto their partners, whatever the type, ultimately resulting in their being accused of having unattainable or unreasonable standards when those ideals fail to be met. ... -- A final word of caution: part and parcel of that concept of competition in the relationship is the potential for one or both partners to question his/her value in the world, particularly if they are constantly around another INFJ. INFJs already intuitively know that, generally speaking, the world undervalues their special brand of know-how. And they often feel undervalued, having to fight hard to get their piece of the proverbial pie and do it authentically. This is hard enough on its own, but can be particularly demoralizing if an INFJ gets the sense that someone out there (in this case, the INFJ partner in the immediate vicinity) is already doing the job. They may feel (even if irrationally) that they are not needed and that finding actualization is almost impossible with another INFJ around. In a worst case scenario, the INFJ may end up losing him or herself entirely in the process of a relationship where it’s not always clear if one is looking in the mirror or at someone else entirely (the INFJ partner). The result of such an experience could be a very deep psycho-spiritual crisis, which is particularly likely if the INFJ has yet to individuate. -- As with any relationship, the more personal growth and individuation that a person has done, the more likely it is that his/her partnership will be successful. The maturity and wisdom that comes from self-growth always positions individuals in a better place to relate to their friends and loved ones. Moreover, if both INFJs have found success in other areas, such as their education, career, and outside friendships, feelings of competition will be reduced and the relationship’s chance of success increased.'
psychology  personality  relationships 
19 days ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: HISTORY OF IDEAS - Love
'We think of love as merely spontaneous – but it is in fact an emotion acutely shaped by its history. Understanding more about the course of love in time can help us think through our options in the present.'
philosophy  relationships  love 
20 days ago
Breaking Smart -- Season 1: Software as Subversion
'Where democratic processes would lead to gridlock and stalled development, conflicts under rough consensus and running code and release early, release often processes leads to competing, divergent paths of development that explore many possible worlds in parallel. -- [1] The idea of forking as a mechanism for dissent enabled by the zero-copying-cost (or equivalently, non-rivalrous) nature of software is closely related to the notion of exit in Albert O. Hirschmann’s well-known model of dissent as an exit-versus-voice choice. One way to understand the nature of software is that it favors exit over voice as a means of expressing dissent. Beyond code-sharing, this has led, for instance, to the popularity of the law of two feet at informal unconferences in technology, where the social norm is leave talks and sessions that you are not interested in, rather than staying merely to be polite to the speaker. The idea that exit might be becoming a better option for dissent in a broader political sense, suggested by Balaji Srinvasan in a 2013 talk, sparked a furore among mainstream political commentators who read secessionist sentiments and abdication of responsibilities into the idea. As Balaji and others have pointed out since, there is no such necessary association. Software opens up creative possibilities for exit-as-default governance models, such as Bruno Frey’s notion of Functional, Overlapping, Competing Jurisdictions (FOCG), or ideas like charter cities which envision city-level equivalents of the law of two feet. Exit models can also be “soft”, involving dissenting behaviors expressed via choice of virtual contexts. At a more mundane level, exit-driven political dissent is already a major economic phenomenon. The idea of regulatory arbitrage — individuals and corporations moving across borders to take advantage of friendlier political regimes — is already a reality within nations. Given the ongoing experimentation with clever new notions of citizenship, such as the e-citizenship initiative in Estonia, these dynamics an only strengthen.'
software  agile  hackersvsvectoralists 
26 days ago
Breaking Smart -- Season 1: Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
'...software development favors individuals with an autocratic streak, driven by an uncompromising sense of how things ought to be designed and built, which at first blush appears to contradict the idea of consensus. -- Paradoxically, the IETF philosophy of eschewing “kings, presidents and voting” means that rough consensus evolves through strong-minded individuals either truly coming to an agreement, or splitting off to pursue their own dissenting ideas. Conflicts are not sorted out through compromises that leave everybody unhappy. Instead they are sorted out through the principle futurist Bob Sutton identified as critical for navigating uncertainty: strong views, weakly held. -- Pragmatists, unlike the authoritarian high-modernist architects studied by James Scott, hold strong views on the basis of having contributed running code rather than abstract visions. But they also recognize others as autonomous peers, rather than as unquestioning subordinates or rivals. Faced with conflict, they are willing to work hard to persuade others, be persuaded themselves, or leave. -- Rough consensus favors people who, in traditional organizations, would be considered disruptive and stubborn: these are exactly the people prone to “breaking smart.” In its most powerful form, rough consensus is about finding the most fertile directions in which to proceed rather than uncovering constraints. Constraints in software tend to be relatively few and obvious. Possibilities, however, tend to be intimidatingly vast. Resisting limiting visions, finding the most fertile direction, and allying with the right people become the primary challenges. -- In a process reminiscent of the “rule of agreement” in improv theater, ideas that unleash the strongest flood of follow-on builds tend to be recognized as the most fertile and adopted as the consensus. Collaborators who spark the most intense creative chemistry tend to be recognized as the right ones. The consensus is rough because it is left as a sense of direction, instead of being worked out into a detailed, purist vision. -- The rejection of “voting” in the IETF model is a rejection of a false sense of egalitarianism, rather than a rejection of democratic principles. In other words, true north in software is often the direction that combines ambiguity and evidence of fertility in the most alluring way: the direction of maximal interestingness. -- The great practical advantage of this heuristic is that the direction of maximal interestingness can be very rapidly updated to reflect new information, by evolving the rough consensus. The term pivot, introduced by Eric Ries as part of the Lean Startup framework, has recently gained popularity for such reorientation. A pivot allows the direction of development to change rapidly, without a detailed long-term plan. It is enough to figure out experimental next steps. This ability to reorient and adopt new mental models quickly (what military strategists call a fast transient4) is at the heart of agility.'
software  agile  programming  collaboration  consensus  improvisation  possibilityspace 
26 days ago
The Art of Manliness -- 3 Families Every Young Man Needs
'Author Kurt Vonnegut astutely noted that this lack of supporting relatives and close friends is likely a contributor to marriages and families coming apart: “Until recent times, human beings usually had a permanent community of relatives. They had dozens of homes to go to. So when a married couple had a fight, one or the other could go to a house three doors down and stay with a close relative until he or she was feeling tender again. Or if the kids got so fed up with their parents that they couldn’t stand it, they could march over to their uncle’s for a while. Now this is rarely possible. Each family is locked into its little box. The neighbors aren’t relatives. There aren’t other houses where people can go and be cared for. When we ponder “what’s happening to America—” “Where have all the values gone?” and all that—the answer is perfectly simple. We’re lonesome. We don’t have enough friends or relatives any more. And we would if we lived in real communities.”'
attachment  parenting  communities 
26 days ago
Thought Catalog -- Here’s What You Should Do For A First Date Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type by Heidi Priebe
#INFJ – Visit A Used Bookstore Together: You’re looking for an intellectual partner and as far as you’re concerned, there’s no better judge of character than what someone likes to read. You can peruse the shelves together and swap literary suggestions – you’ll walk away with a new appreciation of your date and a list of new things to read. It’s simply win-win. -- #INFP – Attend A Poetry Open Mic Night: Your creativity is your most attractive trait – and what better a way to highlight that than at an event specifically geared toward artistic expression? You and your date can discuss your favorite readings, brainstorm new ideas and maybe even present your own work if one (or both) of you is feeling bold. It’s a great way to get to know each other beyond the surface level – which is extremely important for INFPs. -- #ENTP – Visit An Escape Room: You’re all about solving puzzles and your date shouldn’t be the only thing you’re picking apart for clues. By visiting a local escape room, you can showcase your ability to think under pressure and solve the seemingly unsolvable. You’ll be energized by the challenge and can bond with your date over solving it. After all, there’s nothing more attractive to you than a partner who can keep up with your fast-paced mind.'
psychology  personality  relationships  dating  INTP 
26 days ago
Thought Catalog -- 28 Times When Tumblr Got Myers-Briggs Right by Heidi Priebe
# Dominant Fe: This will offend someone.
# Auxiliary Fe: This might offend someone aahh.
# Tertiary Fe: This might offend someone lol.
# Inferior Fe: Oops that offended someone what do I do?
psychology  emotionalintelligence  personalty 
26 days ago
YouTube -- The School of Life: Mummy-Fication
''Mummy-fication' is the fateful process whereby a woman turns into a proxy of her partner's mother and the partner turns into a small recalcitrant boy: with disastrous consequences for all.'
men  women  infantilization 
26 days ago
Honey Badger Brigade -- The One Good Man by Alison Tieman
'The One Good Man sees in Woman what men lack. Woman is bright and charming and good. Men are dark and sinister and bad. -- To maintain the image of Woman as bright and charming and good, the One Good Man swallows Her darkness. Her rages, Her excesses, Her cruelties are his responsibility, not Hers. All Her goodness is not chosen because She is helpless in Her goodness—as She is helpless in Her femininity. But because it is not chosen, it is not goodness and it feeds nothing in the One Good Man. -- Without shadow there is no depth. -- He craves dimension and he receives only bright, charming images as thin as a whisper. To compensate he tries to capture as many as he can, but they flit through his fingers like sunlight and his hunger grows. -- He needs a Harem...'
men  women  agencyvspatiency  infantilization  apexuality  * 
26 days ago
girlwriteswhat on The "Twitter harassment case" | Part 1: The Internet vs Bendilin Spurr
https://youtu.be/7KpCnsF4sJ0 -- 'TL;DR: feminist woman musters a hate mob against some random, completely unknown schmuck because he gave Anita Sarkeesian the "Jack Thompson treatment". Tries to get him fired from his job flipping burgers, blacklist him in his home town and ruin his life. -- Another schmuck on Twitter disagrees with her vigilante hate mob mentality, refuses to participate in her internet lynching of hapless dude #1, and publicly, vehemently and persistently calls her on it. That guy's facing 6 months in prison. For disagreeing with a feminist.' -- Threat Narrative
victimhood  feminism  predation  vigilantism  internet  immunesystem 
26 days ago
The Onion -- How Apple Plans To Rebound From Apple Watch Flop
'Aim for a demographic with larger emotional voids that can be filled with technology products.'
TheOnion  ambientimmediacy  relationalobjects  transitionalobjects  satire 
26 days ago
The Rational Male -- This is now
Comment: Vulpine: 'This modern Sandbergian “shop around” idea was a long time in cultivation. -- ...Since corporate marketing has women trained to perpetually unsatisfied, never achieving “good enough”, the discontent spills-over into other aspects of their lives. The divorce rate displays this clearly, as does the number of ladder-climbing professional women. It’s as though women strive to be better at being self-destructive, especially when you understand that women could stay with their parents, without having to work, until they find a man that will take them in and start a family. -- But, no, women need money to go out to bars and voluntarily strive to “damage their own goods” by getting drunk and having sex with as many men as they please until that party is over at 30. -- Women used to fear being “damaged goods”. Now, they are desperate to destroy their value, quickly, and early-on in their lives. Virginity, and other personal values, have been so whittled-down by marketing in importance that what we see now, and are generally disgusted by, is simply “the times”. -- I’d like to offer feminists a punch-in-the-mouth that they need: women are doing our culture a disservice by believing they should work and have careers. The 80% of marketing professionals that are women have taken the silly propaganda hook-line-and-sinker, and perpetuate a terrible dynamic onto themselves as women. Women actually believe that having a job and spending their time working is better than not! It’s as though not having a career isn’t even a reality for women! Who truly benefits? Corporations. They’ve studied and studied and concluded that the best consumer is the single female, so they cultivate them, like crops of consumers. Women, cultivating crops of the best, inherently discontented, single-female consumers, in perpetuity. It’s best for corporations that women remain single, with jobs, spending money to make themselves marketable to men by consuming beauty products, clothes, shoes, cars, and the rest of the products necessary for a bachelor lifestyle. Single women have the most self-esteem anxiety, so they are the easiest prey. Should they snare a man or “accidentally” get pregnant and have children, they warp their kids by not being around to nurture them properly: they are at daycare while mommy is at work. -- Working to afford what? The mental-health of their children? It can’t be bought. So, mommy’s little girl grows up being even MORE discontent, with MORE anxieties, just like mommy’s parents raised her. Keep it up: it means more marketing job security. DON’T teach your kids to discount the statements of a paid actor. DON’T teach them to filter-out marketing agendas. DON’T teach them values or morality. DON’T teach them the difference between needs and wants. DON’T teach them to be patient, cultivate a need for instant gratification, instead. DON’T show them any healthy models whatsoever. -- It makes it easier for me to pump-and-dump them, and I DON’T need to buy them tampons. I DON’T need to buy an engagement ring. I can just fuck-and-chuck unlimited numbers of women who don’t value themselves without regard: absolutely free, no provisioning whatsoever. After all, they don’t have any regard for themselves, otherwise their actions would reflect that, wouldn’t they? (See also: girls gone wild, coyote ugly, pretty woman) -- Show me a non-virgin feminist, and I’ll show you a mouse with it’s head in a trap that it, itself, set. Women should really be ashamed that they could remain at home, cared for until they find a husband and start a family, and be cared for by the husband. Instead, they choose to work? -- Me, I don’t work. My girlfriend of five years does (not “wife”), and provides for ME. This is now, and I’ve adapted. My, how the tables have turned. If I hold out long enough, perhaps she’ll buy me an engagement ring! Have your cake, women. Don’t blame men, we didn’t make your choices; we didn’t take your college courses on delusion.' -- Comment: Johnycomelately: 'Monique Mulder did a unique study on a culture that transitioned from monogamy to serial monogamy due to change in the economic ecology, a microcosm of what is happening in the west. Serial Monogamy as Polygyny or Polyandry? Marriage in the Tanzanian Pimbwe, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder http://anthropology.ucdavis.edu/people/fzborger/profile_and_papers/BM_Hum%20Nat_2009.pdf The consequences ? #Women worked more #Men worked less #Multiple serial relationships #Lower male parental investment #Overall lower economic output'
men  women  consumerism  hypergamy  grifting  theadvertisedlife 
4 weeks ago
The Rational Male -- This is now
'I mentioned in That was then that the Break Phase is a very critical point for a young man’s life-decision making due to his Blue Pill conditioning and Disney naiveté about where he ought to serve women’s interests best. Naturally this is a precarious time because, for the majority, those young men are predisposed to sublimate their own ambitions and sacrifice their best interest because they cling to a Blue Pill hope; a hope that those sacrifices will engender a young woman’s attraction and she’ll reciprocate with something like his misguided concept of a mutual love. -- For men entertaining women embroiled in their Epiphany Phase inner conflicts, not only is this a very confusing phase for the uninitiated Beta, but it is also an equally precarious period with regard (once again) to the consequences of his life’s decisions with her. Most men find themselves players in women’s meta-sexual strategy at this time because they believe that their perseverance has finally paid off. All of that sacrifice and personal achievement has finally merited him the genuine interest of a “quality woman”. -- For the men who never learn a Red Pill awareness what they fail to understand is that it’s at this point they’re are expected to abandon their own sexual strategy in order to complete that of the (now Epiphany Phase) woman they’re considering a pairing with. Whether they were literally asked to wait for a woman until she was 30, the effect is the same, they have waited their turn, they have waited to be of service, they have waited to fulfill a feminine primary sexual imperative. -- You’ll notice I’ve bolded “over time” in Sandberg’s quote. This is an important, and not so subtle, detail to consider in the selling of a mandated and feminine-correct strategy to men. -- The plan was never to find a man who “wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home.” The plan was to create and ensure a Beta provider is waiting for her when she needs him most – one pre-whipped and pre-willing to forgive the indiscretions of her fucking the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys, on her ‘journey of self-discovery’. -- To effect this, not only must he be convicted of his righteous purpose in that plan, he’s got to be convinced that when he arrives at this juncture in life “nothing is sexier” than him. His Beta, Blue Pill conditioned ignorance about his true role in this planning is of the highest importance. -- In prior generations, the ones before the sexual revolution, the Cardinal Rule of Sexual Strategies could be balanced in both sexes mutually compromising those strategies to ensure the complementary benefit of both men and women. Those days are no more. They’ve been replaced with men’s planned (subconscious and aware) abdication to women’s Hypergamous sexual strategy. That compromise in strategy has been replaced with women’s solipsistic expectation that men will, by default and by right, abandon their own sexual strategy and sublimate their own self-interests to ensure the strategies and interests of women. -- Red Pill awareness and contingent strategies on men’s part are the only recourse to this ‘plan’.' -- Comment: The Diplomat: 'Yes, elective cuckoldry is the noblest of all the Betamanly Arts and a “good” man’s sacred duty. So lean in! Trust me, gents — in time, nothing is sexier to a man than the smell of two hundred alpha cocks on his bride.' -- r to the K -- Comment: h2blow: '...if betas could just stop wanting to be loved af/bb would disappear. that need for love is what keeps them imprisoned. the notion of romantic love from a woman to a man is a recent thing. no band society man gave it a thought. there is a good reason prostitution is the oldest profession. if betas could stop looking for emotional support there would be no beta bux for women to expect. men created this problem by wanting something that doesn’t exist. that is a major weakness that women loathe. whether they should or not is irrelevant. their biology makes it so and nothing is going to change their wiring.'
men  women  hypergamy  sacrifice  rkselectiontheory 
4 weeks ago
Illimitable Men -- Fifty Shades of Red
'MAXIM #35: “Men remember being boys. Man has a lucid perspective in comparing the diminished affection of his adulthood to the greater bounty of his childhood. Women do not experience such a significant loss of affection. As such, man is forced to realise he will never again be loved so profusely, for the boy gets his fill, but man loves the most to be loved the least. The profundity of maternal love is longed for, but forever gone. A girlfriend cannot provide that, and is loathe to do so should a weak man demand it. This is perhaps the bitterest of all the pills.”'
men  attachment  sacrifice 
4 weeks ago
Progress.org -- Capitalism Defined and Explained by Fred E. Foldvary
'...The term “capitalism” is inherently confusing, since economies have three inputs: land, labor, and capital goods, and there is no logical reason to emphasize capital, unless one is going beyond the definition by condemning an economy in which capital dominates labor. -- Economic discourse would be clearer if we used more precise terms. Instead of using “capitalism” to mean economic freedom, use “free markets,” “pure markets,” “private enterprise,” and “laissez faire.” Instead of using “capitalism” or “crony capitalism” for the actual economy, use “mixed economy” or “interventionism.” Instead of using “capitalism” for the exploitation of labor, use “capital domination.” For an economic system in which inputs and products trade in markets, use “market-priceism.” -- Like the classical economists, Weber recognized the distinction between capital goods and land. He referred to “landlordism” and “prebends,” income from rent. In his essay “Structures of Power,” Weber wrote of land being an object of forceful acquisition, with ground rent frequently being “the produce of violent political subjection.”'
economics  "capitalism"  landlordism  geoism  FredFoldvary 
4 weeks ago
Progress.org -- An Open Letter to Transition Towns by Martin Adams
'...land is far more powerful than money: If you had all the money in the world, and if I owned all the land, how much money would I charge you for your first night’s rent? The answer to that is surely obvious.'
economics  land  landlordism  rent  monopoly 
4 weeks ago
Aeon Video -- Chuck Jones: the evolution of an artist
'How the inventive absurdity of ‘Looney Tunes’ emerged from discipline and a commitment to understanding human behaviour'
4 weeks ago
Aeon -- Why I love the nothingness inside a float tank by M M Owen
'Today’s float renaissance, then, is simply the latest manifestation of one of the oldest, strangest aspects of the human animal; one of our most vexing contradictions, on which every religious and spiritual tradition has trained its gaze. Exactly what resides on the other side of nothing might always defy rational explanation. But the search is compelling. The 17th-century French philosopher Blaise Pascal declared that ‘all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone’. I’ve come to suspect he is right. Henry David Thoreau knew all about this inability. ‘It is easier,’ he wrote, ‘to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, in a government ship, with 500 men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one’s being alone.’' -- Comment: drokhole: 'I also find it interesting how that psychological feeling of 'rebirth' that floating offers is accompanied by/the result of undergoing a physical analogue to an embryonic state-of-being. Shouldn't come as a surprise, then, why so many religions use water to initiate followers to be 'born again.' A longer submersion like this (that induces these types of experiences) actually makes more sense than a quick symbolic/superficial dunk or splash of water on the head, and would actually give people an experiential glimpse into the heart of their teachings (which might serve to strengthen and breathe actual life into them...and quite possibly reform them). -- Fun little game, pay attention to popular stories/movies and how often, on the ropes in the third act, the hero is submerged in water (or some form of liquid) before emerging anew/in a higher state ('reborn'), now capable/ready to fight and defeat the villain and/or overcome their final obstacle.'
psychology  mythology  unconscious  womb  OttoRank 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- [GirlWritesWhat]: Mike Rugnetta, you got some 'splaining to do.....
"...I know this because I feel it, subjectively. I can subjectively read your intentions through my feelings and intuitions...Expect the cops at your door forthwith because my subjective feelings are just as valid as empirical reality. You even admitted as much so I hope you understand that counts as a guilty plea...Do you really want some lunatic, subjective feelings to mean the difference between your normal life and a prison sentence? Because that's what you get with 'feelz are realz' and 'listen and believe'"
men  women  feminism  subjectivism  predation 
4 weeks ago
Craftsmanship Magazine -- The Vegetable Detective
'...Within days, he was testing the soil and planting kale. Then came another surprise. The soil showed very little thallium in comparison with others he had tested, but the kale he grew contained quite a bit. This proved kale’s powers as a hyperaccumulator, but it disproved, or at least shook, his belief that coal ash was the culprit. “Now I’m not so sure where it’s coming from,” Hubbard says.'
food  health  ++ 
5 weeks ago
Stan Tatkin -- The Red and Blue of Marriage
'A study by Harvard University researchers that looked at data for more than five million families, and that was recently featured in The New York Times, found that where you live in the United States greatly influences your chances of getting married. The study parsed the data according to political affiliation (blue versus red counties and states), as well as population density (big town versus small town). In a nutshell, if you were brought up in or even have moved to a liberal-thinking, densely populated, metropolitan area, such as New York City or Washington DC, you are less likely to marry than if you lived in a small town, in the deep South, or generally anywhere in a red state. -- We also know from Pew Research Center findings that 80% of Conservatives think society benefits when people consider marriage their priority, while 77% of Liberals think other priorities are more beneficial. -- It may be that marriage in its current form is undergoing a change. Or perhaps, as some like to predict, it is being phased out entirely. For instance, many Millennials claim they are not interested in committed, long-term love relationships. They are more comfortable with groupings of individuals and less drawn to pair bonding.'
psychology  relationships  marriage  rkselectiontheory 
5 weeks ago
Psychology Today -- Trauma and the Freeze Response by Leon F Seltzer
'...such “paralyzing” psychological phenomena as phobias, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and various anxiety states can frequently be understood as symptoms of a freeze response that never had the chance to “let go” or “thaw out” once the original experience was over. And many features of post-traumatic stress disorder directly relate to this kind of unrectified trauma. -- Though it’s almost always entirely unconscious, some circumstance in the here-and-now can remind you of a trauma suffered years (sometimes, many, many years) ago. Never fully “discharged,” the original fear or panic linked to that memory compels you to react to the current-day trigger as though what happened in the past is—right now—happening all over again. And so your original reaction of self-paralysis—however mystifying it may be to you, and to those around you—can’t help but repeat itself. Your mind goes completely blank, your rational faculties missing in action. -- ...many chronic, stress-related diseases are now postulated by trauma experts as representing somatic manifestations of past unrectified trauma (see, e.g., R. C. Scaer’s The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation, and Disease (link is external), 2001). It may, therefore, be invaluable to find a qualified practitioner to assist you in locating just where in your body this frozen energy still resides. And then help you—at long last—to discharge it.'
psychology  stress  trauma  defencemechanisms  dissociation 
6 weeks ago
Aeon -- Childhood biography forms adult health by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
'Emotional stress in adult life affects us on a physical level in quantifiable, life-altering ways. We all know that when we are stressed, chemicals and hormones can flush our body and increase levels of inflammation. That’s why stressful events in adult life are correlated with the likelihood of getting a cold or having a heart attack. -- But when children or teens face adversity and especially unpredictable stressors, they are left with deeper, longer‑lasting scars. When the young brain is thrust into stressful situations over and over again without warning, and stress hormones are repeatedly ramped up, small chemical markers, known as methyl groups, adhere to specific genes that regulate the activity of stress‑hormone receptors in the brain. These epigenetic changes hamper the body’s ability to turn off the stress response. In ideal circumstances, a child learns to respond to stress, and recover from it, learning resilience. But kids who’ve faced chronic, unpredictable stress undergo biological changes that cause their inflammatory stress response to stay activated. -- People with an ACE score of 4 were twice as likely to be diagnosed with cancer than people who hadn’t faced any form of childhood adversity. For each point an individual had, her chance of being hospitalised with an autoimmune disease in adulthood rose 20 per cent. Someone with an ACE score of 4 was 460 per cent more likely to face depression than someone with a score of 0. -- An ACE score of 6 or higher shortened an individual’s lifespan by almost 20 years. -- Researchers wondered if those who encountered childhood adversity were also more likely to smoke, drink and overeat as a sort of coping strategy, and while that was sometimes the case, unhealthy habits didn’t wholly account for the correlation Felitti and Anda saw between adverse childhood experiences and later illness. For instance, those with ACE scores greater than or equal to 7 who didn’t drink or smoke, weren’t overweight or diabetic, and didn’t have high cholesterol still had a 360 per cent higher risk of heart disease than those with ACE scores of 0. -- ‘Time,’ says Felitti, ‘does not heal all wounds. One does not “just get over” something – not even 50 years later.’ Instead, he says: ‘Time conceals. And human beings convert traumatic emotional experiences in childhood into organic disease later in life.’'
psychology  childhood  trauma  stress  epigenetics  disease  health 
6 weeks ago
Thought Catalog -- Here’s Which Myers-Briggs Type You’re Most Likely To Mistype As
'INFPs on the other hand, are only energized by social interaction if it plays on their extroverted intuition – for example, if they are brainstorming ideas with someone or discussing a philosophical issue. INFPs are the least stereotypically perceptive perceivers. They tend to be quite routine-oriented and not particularly spontaneous in nature – they are open-minded and explorative in their thoughts, not their actions. -- '...ENTPs lead with extroverted intuition, which is an idea-oriented function rather than a people-oriented one – for this reason, the ENTP does not require as much social interaction as the average extrovert. This type prefers the company of others who they can debate and brainstorm with – they’d rather be alone than in the company of those who do not stimulate them intellectually...'
psychology  personality  INTP 
7 weeks ago
'Aether is a free app that you use to read, write, and participate in community moderated, distributed, and anonymous boards.'
internet  communication  immunesystem  anonymity  tools 
7 weeks ago
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: The Truth About Gene Wars: r/K Selection Theory
"It's almost like they're two different species....Each gene set is striving to create a world that furthers its own reproduction....In general you can say that r is on the left, and K is on the right....These two gene sets are at war within society....This is why people get so hysterical....It's gene death to the Ks if r wins, and it's gene death for the rs if K wins..."
sexuality  psychology  evolution  rkselectiontheory  attachment  stress  epigenetics  promiscuity  ideology  politics  sociology  civilization  panarchy  StefanMolyneux  * 
7 weeks ago
Freedomain Radio -- #2712: The Dangers of Dating a Sex Worker [Listener Convo] (MP3)
"Why do so few men know about hypergamy? ...dangerous mothers are not going to teach you anything about dangerous women, obviously. Because if they detail to you the characteristics of dangerous women, of exploitive women, of hypergamous women, they will be revealing themselves to you in a highly unflattering light. So, the way you know about the prevalence of hypergamy, and the way you know how swallow and predatory a lot if not most modern women are, is the degree to which sons are not protected from predatory women. Why? Because they're raised by predatory women. And they are raised by predatory women to be exploited by predatory women so that they will raise grandchildren who will never question the predatory women at the beginning of things....Why don't moms teach their children about predatory women? Because the moms are predatory women. Thus they can't, won't, and will fight to the death any spread of knowledge about the dangers of predatory women... This is how prevalent female corruption is, is that all activist women, in general, seem to focus on is telling other women how bad men are. But it's women who hit children more. It's women who initiate half of domestic violence....Women hit children, according to a recent study, over 900 times a year. But it's men who are dangerous! For a man to get involved with a predatory woman, is a life-destroying action....How much energy are moms spending teaching their sons how to avoid predatory women, dangerous women, unstable women, narcissistic women...hypergamous women who look at a man as an ATM with a penis as a punch code? Well, why aren't women warning their sons about this? ...for moms to warn their sons about immature and dangerous women, the moms would have to no longer be dangerous and immature...Have you ever heard of a mom sitting her son down and warning him about dangerous women? ... Why is all this knowledge kept from men? Because we are beasts of burden to be used. Because there are not enough quality women out there to warn men about dangerous women. This is how you know how far the female species has fallen....There aren't even enough quality women left to warn men about dangerous women....So, you were raised to be fed to the she-wolves.... Why didn't your dad warn you about dangerous women? <"Well, because having a really articulated view of what a dangerous woman is, he probably would have realised he was married to one."> ... This is the degree to which men have fallen. This is the corruption within men: Women can't tell you about dangerous women because they're dangerous women; men can't tell you about dangerous women because they marry dangerous women."
men  women  hypergamy  predation  sacrifice  StefanMolyneux 
7 weeks ago
Wait But Why -- How to Pick Your Life Partner - Part 2
'From afar, a great marriage is a sweeping love story, like a marriage in a book or a movie. And that’s a nice, poetic way to look at a marriage as a whole. -- But human happiness doesn’t function in sweeping strokes, because we don’t live in broad summations — we’re stuck in the tiny unglamorous folds of the fabric of life, and that’s where our happiness is determined. -- So if we want to find a happy marriage, we need to think small — we need to look at marriage up close and see that it’s built not out of anything poetic, but out of 20,000 mundane Wednesdays.'
relationships  marriage  boredom 
7 weeks ago
Wait But Why -- 10 Types of Odd Friendships You're Probably Part Of
'Throughout childhood and much of young adulthood, most people your age are in the same life stage as you are. But when it comes to advancing into full adulthood, people do so at widely varying paces, which leads to certain friends suddenly having totally different existences from one another. Anyone within three years of 30 has a bunch of these going on. It’s just a weird time for everyone. Some people have become Future 52-year-olds, while others are super into being Previous 21-year-olds. At some point, things will start to meld together again, but being 30-ish is the friendship equivalent of a kid going through an awkward pubescent stage. -- There’s something I call the Perpetual Catch-Up Trap. When you haven’t seen a good friend in a long time, the first order of business is a big catch-up — you want to know what’s going on in their career, with their girlfriend, with their family, etc., and they want to catch up on your life. In theory, once this happens, you can go back to just hanging out, shooting the shit, and actually being in the friendship. The problem is, when you don’t make enough time for good friends, seeing them only for a meal and not that often — you end up spending each get-together catching up, and you never actually get to just enjoy the friendship or get far past the surface.'
relationships  friendship 
8 weeks ago
Wait But Why -- The Procrastination Matrix
'And then there’s Quadrant 2. To a procrastinator, Quadrant 2 is a strange and foreign land, far, far away. Kind of like Atlantis, or Narnia. He knows it’s an important place, and he’s tried many times to go there, but there’s a big problem—the monkey is repulsed by it, and the Panic Monster isn’t concerned with it. And that’s the deadly combo that defeats the procrastinator every time. -- The reason this is disastrous is that the road to the procrastinator’s dreams—the road to expanding his horizons, exploring his true potential, and achieving work he’s truly proud of—runs directly through Quadrant 2. Q1 and Q3 may be where people survive, but Q2 is where people thrive, grow, and blossom. -- But if you’re a procrastinator, you’re in luck. You have an ace up your sleeve—someone daring and fearless, with bountiful energy and dynamic talent, and someone who can defeat the monkey like stepping on an ant: Future You. -- Future You is a procrastinator’s most important ally—someone who’s always there and always has your back, no matter what. I know all about this firsthand. Future Tim is an amazing guy. -- When my alarm goes off and I don’t want to wake up, I just press the snooze button, which doles out the job of getting out of bed to Future Tim instead. My to-do list has two parts—a short, easy one for me, and a long one, full of all the things I can’t imagine ever doing, because they’re so icky-seeming. Future Tim always handles that one, without a complaint. Future Tim also has no problem with even the vilest of social obligations. I was recently invited to attend a feedback-giving session for a three-hour-long play written by someone I barely know—I certainly had no intention of ever doing that, but I would also have felt guilty just saying no, so I explained that I have a busy couple months, but that I’d be more than happy to join when it happens again this summer, a time when it’ll be Future Tim’s problem, not mine. -- Future Tim also has a discipline and balance to his lifestyle I could only ever dream of. I’ve never been much of an exerciser—but Future Tim belongs to a gym and does all the jogging for both of us, and I love how into cooking healthy meals Future Tim is, because I personally don’t have the time. Future Tim is the kind of guy we all want to be like—I suggest getting to know him yourself, which you can do by buying his books, since he’s a prolific author. -- But the most important role Future Tim plays in my life brings us back to the Eisenhower Matrix. In a convenient stroke of fate, Future Tim happens to spend almost all of his time in the one place I can never seem to get to myself: the all-important Quadrant 2. Future Tim is Quadrant 2’s warden, and when I make a list of important to-do items and notice that most of them seem to land in Q2, I don’t have to despair, because I know Future Tim is on top of them. Which is good, considering how dire a situation Past Tim, that useless fuck, has often left me in. -- But for all of Future Tim’s virtues, he has one fatal flaw that kind of ruins everything: he doesn’t exist. -- It turns out that Future You is as much of a mirage as the monkey’s passion for a hobby. I banked on Future Tim’s real-world existence for my most important plans, but every time I’d finally arrive at a time when I thought I would find Future Tim, he was nowhere to be found—the only person there would be stupid Present Tim. That’s the thing that really sucks about Future You—whenever time finally gets to him, he’s not Future You anymore, he’s Present You, and Present You can’t do the tasks you assigned to Future You because those tasks can only be done by someone without a monkey. You assigned them to Future You in the first place because he doesn’t have a monkey—that was the whole point. So you do what you always do—you re-delegate them to Future You, hoping that next time time catches up with Future You, he actually exists.'
psychology  procrastination  anxiety  * 
8 weeks ago
Wait But Why -- How to Beat Procrastination
'...The first thing you must do is make it through the Critical Entrance. This means stopping whatever you’re doing when it’s time to begin the task, putting away all distractions, and getting started. It sounds simple, but this is the hardest part. This is where the Instant Gratification Monkey puts up his fiercest resistance: The monkey absolutely hates stopping something fun to start something hard, and this is where you need to be the strongest. If you can get started and force the monkey into the Dark Woods, you’ve broken a bit of his will. Of course, he’s not going to give up anytime soon. The Dark Woods is where you are when you’re working. It’s not a fun place to be, and the Instant Gratification Monkey wants nothing to do with it. To make things harder, the Dark Woods is surrounded by the Dark Playground, one of the monkey’s favorite places, and since he can see how close it is, he’ll try as hard as he can to leave the Dark Woods. -- There will also be times when you bump into a tree—maybe the jog is taking you on an uphill street, maybe you need to use an Excel formula you don’t know, maybe that song you’re writing just isn’t coming together the way you thought it would—and this is when the monkey will make his boldest attempt at an escape.'
procrastination  psychology  anxiety 
8 weeks ago
Wait But Why -- Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
'The Dark Playground is a place every procrastinator knows well. It’s a place where leisure activities happen at times when leisure activities are not supposed to be happening. The fun you have in the Dark Playground isn’t actually fun because it’s completely unearned and the air is filled with guilt, anxiety, self-hatred, and dread. Sometimes the Rational Decision-Maker puts his foot down and refuses to let you waste time doing normal leisure things, and since the Instant Gratification Monkey sure as hell isn’t gonna let you work, you find yourself in a bizarre purgatory of weird activities where everyone loses. And the poor Rational Decision-Maker just mopes, trying to figure out how he let the human he’s supposed to be in charge of end up here again. -- As it turns out, there’s one thing that scares the shit out of the Instant Gratification Monkey: The Panic Monster.'
procrastination  psychology  anxiety 
8 weeks ago
Telegraph -- Contraception: Male Pill is coming and it's going to change everything
'Vasalgel is essentially a polymer that’s injected under local anesthetic into the man’s sperm-carrying tubes, accessible through the scrotum — not in his penis or testicles as some authors have erred. It works by blocking sperm and is expected to be reversible through a second injection that dissolves the polymer.' -- 'Vasalgel is currently undergoing animal testing, product qualification and safety testing. Human trials are expected to start in 2016 (small trial) and 2017 (larger trials). If everything goes well and with enough public support, we hope to get Vasalgel on the market as early as 2018.' -- http://www.parsemusfoundation.org/vasalgel-faqs/
men  contraception 
8 weeks ago
Roads & Kingdoms -- The Lonely End
'First, there was the smell, a thick, noxious sweetness oozing from beneath the door frame. Second, there was the sight, the shape of a mortally slumped corpse beneath urine-soaked bedsheets. Third, there was the reality: Suzuki had come to collect his dues but had instead found his tenant’s dead body. -- Disgusted, angry, but mostly shocked that this could happen to him, the landlord rang the police. The police came; they investigated with procedural dispassion and declared the death unsuspicious. This wasn’t suicide in the traditional sense, they said, but it did seem that the deceased had wanted to die. They’d seen it before, and it was an increasingly common occurrence throughout Japan: a single man dying, essentially, from loneliness. -- In Japan, the traditional three-generational structure of the home is breaking down, as space in the big cities decreases and the costs of maintaining longer-living relatives rises. Yasuyuki Fukukawa, a psychologist at Waseda University in Tokyo, believes that the aging population is now “beyond the capacities of family care.” Today, 1 in 5 Japanese is over the age of 65. Private health care is expensive, and there is a shortage of state-provided facilities for the elderly: Some 420,000 senior citizens are waiting for beds in nursing homes. Those who cannot find or afford help do not wish to burden other family members, who may not live nearby and may be struggling themselves. As a result, they choose to live alone, where, unable to access the level of assistance they need, they often die undignified deaths. -- “Some people die of starvation, because they just don’t feed themselves,” Koremura tells me. “Some freeze to death during the winter because they cannot afford the heating and are too stubborn to ask for help. Others just die of an underlying health problem and are too far away from help to be noticed.” -- “Kodokushi is not just a problem among the elderly. It is also a problem among younger people,” he tells me. According to the Japanese government there are some 700,000 hikikomori in Japan, young people who are completely isolated and afraid to reintegrate into society. Yuichi Hattori, a psychologist specialising in the treatment of shut-ins, argues that these people will increase the numbers of kodokushi deaths in the future. Mental illness is still a taboo subject in Japan, and those affected by it stand to face social stigma if they try to seek help. As Hattori argues, they will stay in their rooms, suffer in silence, and will die alone when their parents are no longer there to help them. -- Koremura is trying to work with local government and gives the families of victims all the support his position allows. He is aware that his company is not a solution to the problem but a pragmatic response to it. He feels like he’s doing a good thing, that he’s performing a service that not many others would perform. For Koremura, the dead deserve to have their life put in order. It’s not just a physical or financial thing, he assures me—it’s also spiritual. “When the apartment is finally emptied, it is as if a weight has been lifted, as if the dead person leaves with all his possessions,” he insists. “All my men feel it too.”'
japan  family  hikikomori  shame  loneliness  aloneness  death 
8 weeks ago
Freedomain Radio -- #2706: Feminist Death Threats: The Anti-Equality Revolution - A Conversation with Erin Pizzey (MP3)
"In 1982 when 'Prone to Violence' was published, I had to have a police escort outside The Savoy where I was at a luncheon...the pickets all arrived, many many women with these big banners saying 'All men are rapists and bastards'...and I went down to the police and just said to them, 'If that [hatred where aimed exclusively at] Jews or black men, you'd arrest them all. But because it's *all* men...' And he just looked at me and he laughed and he said, 'We're frightened of them.' 'No, you're not; you just think it's funny.'" -- Behold, I teach you the Apexman! Otherman is some thing to be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?
history  feminism  men  apexuality  Nietzsche 
8 weeks ago
YouTube -- [Alain de Botton]: Soren Kierkegaard
"Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the world’s foolishness, you will regret it; weep over it, you will regret that too; laugh at the world’s foolishness or weep over it , you will regret it either way; laugh at the world’s foolishness or weep over it, you will regret both. Believe a woman, you will regret it; believe her not, you will also regret it; believe a woman or believe her not, you will regret it either way; believing a woman or not believing her, you will regret it both ways. Hang yourself, you will regret it; do not hang yourself, and you will regret that too; hang yourself or don’t hang yourself, you’ll regret it either way; whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret both. This, gentlemen, is the essence of all philosophy."
philosophy  existentialism  regret  absurd  Kierkegaard  quotes 
8 weeks ago
Psychotherapy.net -- Allan Schore on the Science of Psychotherapy
'The first person to bring up the idea that all language is not only in the left hemisphere, just for the record, was Freud in 1891 in On Aphasia, which still is studied by neurologists. But the idea that everything that is verbal has to, by definition, reside in the left brain is still held by many people. Current neuroscience shows this is not the case. The right also has language. The right stores our own names, and processes emotional words. Prosody, the emotional tone of the voice, is right lateralized, as well as novel metaphors, and making thematic inferences. So when a patient all of a sudden is in an emotional state and is using an emotional word, the right is tracking that also. Right hemispheric language creates the intimate feeling of “being with.” -- And humor is known to be more right brain? -- Absolutely! -- And it kind of “wakes up” our left brain with recognition? -- Yes. Because the processing of what is familiar is left and the processing of novelty is right. Essentially we’re looking for, not the bottom line preexisting truth, but for the ability to process novelty, especially novelty in social emotional interactions. And for many patients intimacy is novelty. So, yes, anything that is new pops into the right brain first, and you actually get bursts of noradrenaline in the right hemisphere, the hemisphere that is dominant for attention. In fact, I’m now citing studies which indicate that the highest levels of human cognition—the “aha” moment of insight, intuition, creativity, indeed love, are all expressions of the right and not left brain. -- It’s in the right, but we don’t know about it until it shows up in the left. The right brain lets us know what’s actually going on, especially in the body, and in the deeper core of the self. -- Correct. Essentially, the left has the illusion that it has just discovered something new, but the truth of it is the right has discovered it, and now the left is putting into words what the right just found out about the self, especially in relation to other self systems. My colleague Darcia Narvaez is showing that morality is also a very high right brain process. A body of research indicates that the right is dominant for affiliation, the left for power. -- This gets into some of the matters that Jung and others were talking about— these very high symbolic mechanisms are in the right hemisphere. Here’s another example of how neuroscience has changed our ideas about the human experience. It used to be thought that all symbolic processes are a product of the verbal left brain, so the goal was to get the patient to use words, and once there was conscious verbalization, then the patient can understand, and then the unconscious becomes conscious and change occurs. We’re now saying that’s not quite the case. The ultimate expression of the right brain is a conscious emotion. The ultimate expression of the left brain is a conscious thought. -- Becoming aware of our bodily-based emotions is more essential than becoming aware of our thoughts.' --- 'In my most recent writings I’ve focused on the essential role of these repairs in re-enactments of attachment trauma, which really is at the heart of the therapeutic change mechanism. I’m describing how both patient and therapist co-construct both the rupture and the repair, and that these ruptures are not technical mistakes, but literally -- —the universal disappointments that are part of human relationships, and the repairs being the paths of healing? -- Beautifully put. Enactments represent communications of previous ruptures that triggered negative affects so intense and so painful that they were dissociated and banished from consciousness. As the therapy progresses and the attachment bond in the therapeutic alliance strengthens, there is enough safety for the patient to dis-assemble the dissociative defenses and let the affects come online more frequently. And then, what has been buried and packed down underneath dissociation surges into bodily awareness in the presence of a regulating other, now offering a possibility of interactive repair. Jung, who studied dissociation, described how the enduring emotional impact of childhood trauma “remains hidden all along from the patient, so that not reaching consciousness, the emotion never wears itself out, it is never used up.” He also stated the trauma may suddenly return: “it forces itself tyrannically upon the conscious mind. The explosion of affect is a complete invasion of the individual. It pounces upon him like an enemy or a wild animal.” -- In my model of “relational trauma” I’ve suggested that it’s not just misattunements that lead to the traumatic predisposition. It’s also the lack of the repair, and that repair and interactive regulation requires a very personal, authentic response on the part of the therapist. Attachment trauma was originally relational, and so the healing must be relational, a mutual process. In Sullivan’s words, the therapist is not neutral and detached, but a “participant observer.” -- ...a certain form of mindfulness, including a bodily awareness, must take place in a relational context. The idea being that there are certain parts of the self that cannot be discovered, that cannot come into awareness, unless they are being mirrored by another human being. -- So there may be feelings that you are not going to fully experience until you see them mirrored in a reciprocal emotional interaction. -- Exactly. One of the central concepts that I’ve written about is resonance. In physics, a property of resonance is the tendency of one resonance system to enlarge and amplify through matching the resonance frequency pattern of another resonance system. In psychology, a state of resonance exists when one person’s subjectivity is empathically attuned to another’s inner state, and this resonance then interactively amplifies, in both intensity and duration, the affective state in both members of the dyad. This resonance can occur rapidly at levels beneath conscious awareness, and it generates what has been called “a third subjectivity.” For example, in mutual play states dyadic resonance ultimately permits the inter-coordination of positive affective brain states, shared joy, which increase curiosity and exploration. -- Can you discuss the variability of people in terms of quiet versus very active internal experiences—either auditory and verbal, some other form of thought, or visually active consciousness in contrast to people who have a naturally occurring or developed quiet mind? -- Sure. The first thing that comes to mind is what has been termed as “the quiet alert state.” This is the flexible state that the mother accesses to pick up her infant’s varying emotional expressions. It’s associated with a state of autonomic balance between the energy expending sympathetic and energy conserving parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system. Within attachment communications the caregiver sets the ranges of arousal, the set points of the infant’s resting quiet alert state. It’s relationally tuned, and later affects the individual brain’s default state. In other words, regulation is the key to the quiet mind. -- But I’m also thinking about right and left hemispheric balance, and individual differences in “hemisphericity.” For example, in a resting state greater right hemisphericity is associated with a history of more frequent negative affect, lower self esteem and difficulties in affect regulation. Greater left hemisphericity, on the other hand, is associated with heavy inhibition of the right brain, repression of emotions, and over-regulation of disturbances. Consciousness is dominated by continuous left brain chatter, and thereby an inability to be emotionally present, to be “in the moment.” There are individuals for whom that chatter is always so intense, so continuous, and even so loud they cannot quietly be with themselves. They can’t tolerate internal silence, and so they can’t monitor what’s coming from the body and from deeper strata of the unconscious. They’re always in a state of “doing” rather than “being.” -- And they have difficulty experiencing their bodies and can’t even tell you what they’re sensing, or maybe even how they’re feeling because it’s just pure thought. -- Right. When it comes to emotion and emotion dysregulation, for a long time people were thinking only about under-regulation, that the emotions are so powerful and so strong that they interfere with the logical and rational capacities of the left hemisphere. But there is also another problematic state—where it’s over-regulated. In that case the person is habitually packing down emotions, out of awareness, and whose left hemisphere is so dominant that it’s always “in control.” They “live in the left,” and use words to move away from affect. They’re talking about rather than experiencing emotion, from the other side of the callosal divide, not actually allowing themselves to disinhibit the right and to feel what is in the body. And yet, “the body keeps the score.” In the most extreme cases they’re dissociative and alexithymic. -- These are patients who use words in order not to feel; they are over-inhibited and susceptible to over-regulation disturbances. Think about overly rational, insecure, avoidant personalities who overemphasize verbal cognition and dismiss emotion. Returning to our earlier discussions of recent changes in the science of affect, dysregulation can be either under-regulation or over-regulation, an avoidance strategy versus an anxious strategy.' -- 'I wonder if you would agree with a quote from Kierkegaard when he said "perfect love is learning to love the very one that has made you unhappy.” Does that resonate with you at all? -- Absolutely the case. -- Anything that you would modify? -- In my recent lectures I’m describing the interpersonal neurobiological emergence of mutual love between the mother and … [more]
psychology  psychotherapy  attachment  affectregulation  relationships  play  brain  body  unconscious  AllanSchore 
9 weeks ago
Vivian Broughton -- Thoughts from Dr Bessel van der Kolk’s latest book in relation to Ruppert’s MGPT theory
'...high stress = fight or flight; trauma = collapse and fragmentation... -- High stress is a highly mobilised state with the reaction of ‘fight or flight’. This is easily understandable in the sense that in order to fight or run away in the face of threat we do need enormous amounts of energy, so the psychophysical system secretes strong energising chemicals to support this reaction. High stress is just that; not the daily stress of life, but the stress of an extremely stressful situation; we can think of it as the highest stress we can manage as a limited psychophysical being. -- Trauma on the other hand is a state of collapse, of resignation, an extremely low-energy state where the psychophysical organism has shut off all energising secretions in order to maintain as best it can it’s existence. It comes into play when the high stress strategy fails; fight or flight has not been possible, and the person is completely and utterly helpless. -- The trauma state response is collapse, a freezing or deadness, and fragmentation. Fragmentation is part of the organism’s attempt to maintain some integrity in the face of overwhelming forces, and in order for this to be achieved something has to be lost, has to be sacrificed, and that is unity; The intolerable experience of the situation is split off from the self. This happens physically where the trauma effect is numbed into one part of the body… body-workers such as cranial osteopaths, zero-balancers, sensitive chiropractors, know this and I have had many tell me of their experiences of such phenomena in their patients. It also happens with the psyche where the intolerable and unmanageable emotional experience is split off through dissociation… literally the mind dissociates from the experience. This splitting then, according to Franz Ruppert’s theory, becomes structural over time, evidenced in our multitude of daily behaviours and attitudes of control, avoidance, denial, distraction and compensation (for the numbed out emotional state). -- In my view this provides a very clear understanding of the two states: high stress = fight or flight; trauma = collapse and fragmentation. This distinction I think is very helpful in understanding as practitioners what exactly we are dealing with. In this definition theoretically one can recover our homeostatic equilibrium from high stress; but once the splitting has happened in the trauma state there is effectively no return… the damage so to speak is done, and since the survival avoidance instinct in us is so strong we consistently come up against a wall, the wall in us that says “we do not go there”. The therapeutic work in this case is different.'
psychology  stress  trauma 
9 weeks ago
Evolution Counseling -- Symbolic Death
'“To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.” ~ Erich Fromm -- As Nietzsche put it, “No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.” Dying without having lived means walking across the wrong bridge, allowing our choices to be dictated by what others demand of us rather than what we demand of ourselves, and the resulting situation is unbearable, it’s unbearable because we realize we never really lived, our human existence was just a shadow of what it was supposed to be.'
psychology  existentialism  death 
9 weeks ago
Aeon Video -- Kurzgesagt: What is life? Is death real?
'What is life? Is death real? What separates living things from everything else? From AI to viruses, the line is fuzzier than we might expect.' -- "Maybe life is information that manages to ensure its continued existence."
life  information  #processing 
9 weeks ago
ROUGH TYPE -- Media takes command
'When the medium of the map was transferred from paper to software, the map gained the ability to speak to us, to give us commands. With Google Maps or an in-dash GPS system, we no longer have to look at a map and plot out a route for ourselves; the map assumes that work. We become the actuators of the map’s instructions: the assistants who, on the software’s command, turn the wheel. You might even say that our role becomes that of a robotic apparatus controlled by the medium. -- So, having earlier subsumed the knower, the map now begins to subsume the doer. The medium becomes the actor. -- What we see emerging as media takes command is a cycle of dependency. As we come to rely on software to do things for us, we are relieved of the difficult work and pressing challenges necessary for skill-building. We experience deskilling, which makes us even more dependent on the software. And the cycle takes another turn. Because the media of software is invisible to us, a black box that both knows and does without disclosing its workings to us, we also become subject to manipulation as we become more dependent on the technology. Economic and cultural power accrues to the programmers, to the people who control the media.'
media  automation  augmentationistsvsimmersionists 
9 weeks ago
The Blackdragon Blog -- Men Are Against Men Too
Comment: Kryptokate: 'Men are certainly their own worst enemy. I can’t think of a time that I’ve ever seen men band together to advance their collective interests the way that women occasionally do. -- I can’t count how many times I’ve heard a man say “I can’t stand [fill in the blank of a group of people — hipsters, white people, religious people, people from New Jersey, whatever] people, they’re the worst. But the women aren’t too bad. I don’t mind them so much.” Most men do NOT like other men who aren’t in their tribe. -- Almost all men men also vastly overestimate and exaggerate in their own minds the level of aggression that “other” men enact towards women. Most men think of “other” men (i.e. not their friends and family) as dangerous and untrustworthy and with bad intentions, like all other men are potential rapists. Guys will warn other men to stay away from their daughters/dates/sisters/friends, under some kind of delusion that there are tons of rapists out there, when really it is the women’s choice when they decide to hook up with these men 99.999% of the time, and truly involuntary sex is vanishingly rare. But I think men are even more paranoid and willing to believe melodramatic stories about the likelihood of rape than women. -- Most men also vastly underestimate how passive, submissive, sweet, caring, non-aggressive, and generally considerate and kind other men actually are to the women they are with or trying to get with. Because don’t admit their submissive or non-alpha behavior to other men, and generally only do it in private. They don’t admit to other men when they feel like a woman uses them for sex, or dumps them, or anything else that doesn’t feel “masculine” to them. They will tell women these things, but not other men, so guys often have a very skewed idea of how beta other guys are. -- This is why guys say things like “women love jerks”…because they don’t realize that the supposed “jerk”, who may act dominant and asshole-ish with other guys, is a super sweet puppy dog who cries and writes love poetry when he’s with women. Getting laid a lot does not make one a jerk, and I guarantee that any guy who gets lots of women is NOT being rude or mean when he’s with them. -- The fact that men have a seemingly ingrained suspicion and bias against other men allows women to manipulate men easily and gain their sympathy and assistance. I have a hard time believing a lot of rape claims, and that’s because unless one is truly isolated or incapacitated, there are always 50 men willing to come to your rescue for every 1 man who is truly willing to attack you. -- So women manipulate and take advantage of male mistrust/dislike for each other. But male dislike for each other is the primary culprit behind most of men’s problems, not the women who then manipulate it to their advantage. BD is right that men could *easily* get rid of most the the problems they complain about if they just collectively decided to do so. Most prefer to compete with each other and then engage in indignation-masturbation sessions with straw-men enemies. -- The manosphere points the arrow of blame at women because it knows that it’s audience can’t handle the truth since they’re afraid of their real enemy. Women are weaker and men can still believe they might beat them. If they have to face their real enemy (other men), they can’t deal with it. Just look at how common racism, anti-Semitism, and paranoid delusions about the illuminati are on most manosphere sites like Roosh’s…just shows how deep down those guys are petrified of other men.'
men  women  apexuality 
9 weeks ago
Mean Girls – Realities of Relational Aggression (PDF)
'Adolescent social structures can be very complex and sophisticated. Within the hierarchy of relationships, some roles have been identified as being prevalent in most group situations. While the names may be different, the roles are the same. Within the group, roles and positions are not static, they can change frequently. The roles are: Queen, Sidekick, Gossip, Floater, Torn Bystander, Wannabee and Target -- #The Queen: Her friends do what she wants; She’s not intimidated by other girls; She can be charming to adults; She’s manipulatively affectionate; She won’t take responsibility for hurting another’s feelings; Defines right and wrong by the loyalty or disloyalty around her -- #The Sidekick: Feels the Queen is the authority tells her how to dress, think, feel, etc; Allows herself to be pushed around by the Queen; Will lie for Queen; The Sidekick rarely expresses her personal opinions; Her power depends on the confidence she gains from the Queen -- #The Gossip: Extremely secretive; Seems to be friends with everyone; Good communicator - gives the impression of listening and being trustworthy; Seemingly nice, but uses confidential information to improve her position; Seems harmless, but in truth is intimidating; Rarely excluded from the group; The gossip tends to get girls to trust her because when she gets information, it doesn’t seem like gossip; She gets girls to confide in her and then may casually mention information in a conversation; Once girls figure out what she’s doing, they don’t trust her -- #The Floater: Moves freely among groups; Doesn’t want to exclude people; Avoids conflicts; More likely to have higher self esteem, as her sense of self isn’t based on one group; Not competitive; The floater usually has some protective characteristics that help her to avoid other’s cruelty; She may be pretty, but not too pretty, nice, but not too sophisticated; People genuinely like the floater; She may actually stand up to the Queen and she may have some of the same power as the Queen; However, the floater doesn’t gain anything by creating conflict and insecurity as the Queen does -- #Bystander: Often finds herself having to choose between friends; Accommodating; Peacemaker - wants everyone to get along; Doesn’t stand up to anyone she has conflict with - goes along to get along; The bystander may be conflicted with doing the right thing and her allegiance to the group; She often apologizes for Queen’s behavior, but she knows it is wrong; The bystander may miss out on activities because she’s afraid her friends will make fun of her; She may even hide her accomplishments, particularly academically, to fit into the group - #The Wannabee - Other girls’ opinions and wants are more important than hers; She can’t tell the difference between what she wants and what the group wants; Desperate for the “right” look (clothes, hair, etc.); Feels better about herself when others come to her for help, advice; Loves to gossip phone and email are vital to her; The wannabee will do anything to be in the inner circle of the Queen and sidekick; The wannabee often gets stuck doing the dirty work of the Queen and sidekick; She may be dropped if she is seen as trying too hard to fit in. -- #The Target – Helpless to stop other girls’ behavior; Feels excluded and isolated; Masks hurt feelings by rejecting people first; Feels vulnerable and humiliated and may be tempted to change to fit in; The target is the victim of the group; Girls outside the group may tend to become targets just because they’ve challenged the group or because their style is different or not accepted by the group; The target may develop objectivity, which may help her see the costs of fitting in and decide she’s better off outside of the group; She may choose her “loser” group, and know who her true friends are'
psychology  women  relationalaggression  passiveaggression  power  gossip  status  groups  hierarchy  ostracism 
10 weeks ago
The Blackdragon Blog -- Long Distance Relationships
Comment: Kryptokate: '...nothing kills sexual attraction faster than living together or seeing each other all the time, and my preference is to only see a man I’m involved with on the weekends. During the week, texting is sufficient and then weekends are for sex. I’ve successfully extended relationships this way, but the problem is that as a general rule, most people won’t go for this. Men think because they like fucking me, fucking me every day would be even better and they want to hang out all the time. They never seem to understand that the more we fuck and see each other, the less interesting it will be and the less we’ll want to. It’s as if everyone is in a race with themselves to see just how quickly they can choke all the eroticism out of their relationships. No one else seems to appreciate the value of building up enough time apart to miss each other or maybe even pine for each other. -- ... The stuff about military deployment is brutal and depressing. There’s a girl who works at my firm whose husband is deployed and all the men I work with flirt with her and try to pick her up, despite the fact that she is chubby and only moderately attractive. The thing is, a woman with a deployed man is even *more* attractive to guys because they view her as offering zero sexual competition. If her husband is deployed, she’s technically off the market and not looking. Yet her man is thousands of miles away and can’t kick anyone’s ass or block her vagina. So really this is the perfect opportunity for guys. If a guy is deployed, his girl is going to get 10 times the sexual advances as she would if she were single bc men think she’s not actively searching and evaluating/judging them, and not looking for a baby-daddy. And she’s going to get 1000 times the advances as she would if her man were home and other men knew they’d get their asses kicked for hitting on her. So military guys are screwed. And it’s even more fucked up because most men wouldn’t be willing to risk their lives and go fight in foreign lands in the first place if they didn’t think they were protecting and defending their woman and child(ren). Horrible. -- The men in charge are effectuating the ultimate fuck-over on military guys: convincing them to go risk their necks for their supposed families and alleged glory while the dudes in charge stay home, profit off the war, and fuck their wives while they’re gone. It makes sense in a society where we are actually being attacked and have to defend ourselves or die, but that has never been the situation in the US. And it’s quite amazing that anyone can be convinced to fight a war overseas while their “commander” stays at home golfing and polishing his shoes rather than leading the battle. I’m pretty sure this is why old Mormon patriarchs have always sent their young men on two year foreign missions as well. Gotta get rid of the strongest young studs who would otherwise take the pretty girls. If 55 year old women could somehow figure out a plan to get rid of all the pretty young girls by sending them to foreign countries to get killed, perhaps they’d do the same. So I guess that’s a good example showing that as a group, men are both dumber and smarter at the extremes than women.'
men  women  relationships 
10 weeks ago
The Blackdragon Blog -- Ignore What Women SAY - Only Watch What They DO
Comment: Kryptokate: '...this idea that women get to change their minds, and men don’t, is nonsense. Everyone changes their minds. On a daily basis. And everyone gets upset at others for behaving in ways that are inconsistent and unpredictable. My own adaptability and ability to change to fit the circumstances is in my best interest, but predictability and constancy on the part of everyone else is also in my best interest, so naturally we all value consistency in others more than in ourselves. -- If you know women who claim to have this privilege while denying it to men, they are either dumbasses or playing you for a sucker. Because that’s just a BS way for a woman to try to avoid accountability or facing consequences, while making sure that everyone else is accountable. And frankly, it’s male naivety in believing that women are somehow so fundamentally different as to be inexplicable aliens that fuels men believing in that kind of silly explanation. -- ...Often a guy that makes me aroused and turned on and excited about him today will literally make me feel disgusted and repulsed to think about sexually a year later. And that’s pretty common for women. I don’t think men are as prone to sexual repulsion but they certainly get bored of what had them firing on all cylinders a month or a year ago. And people’s romantic feelings are all over the map…they declare undying love for people they barely remember a few years later, they suddenly fall for someone they didn’t notice before, they marry their “soulmate” and divorce their worst enemy, etc. -- So, given that romantic/sexual feelings are so incredibly subject to wild fluctuations, it’s no coincidence that this is the one area where people are most interested in locking everyone else down, verifying their status, and mandating that they stay consistent and not change their minds. This where people display the most insecurity and desperation to disallow others from being unpredictable — you said today you felt this! How dare you feel something different another day! And I swear that most men would be entirely in favor of a public sex registry where every woman had to publicly register every male she sleeps with so that everyone can know exactly who is sleeping with whom establish the accurate status of everyone’s else’s sex life. -- Love is also the area where people carry on with ridiculous, over-the-top demonstrations of how committed they are today to not changing their mind later (i.e. a wedding). People don’t require this kind of demonstration for virtually anything else because they know the chances of changing one’s mind aren’t that high. But people know, deep down in a primal sense if not consciously, that everyone is unpredictable, inconsistent, and unreliable in the arena of romantic love, and that’s why you get demands for commitments regarding future behavior, out of control insecurity and paranoia, and ridiculous dramatic demonstrations of one’s alleged constancy. None of which would be necessary if people were naturally prone to being reliable and consistent in love, and none of which manage to prevent people from later changing their minds anyway. Societies have enacted every possible punishment to prevent inconsistency in love…banishment, public humiliation, financial or reputational ruin, even public execution or permitted murder…and it STILL doesn’t prevent everyone from “changing their minds.”'
men  women  relationships  control 
10 weeks ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Rising Demand: Male escort market triples in Britain
"With younger women, it's about the power dynamic: I'm paying you because I can."
men  women  sexuality 
10 weeks ago
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