Banish Plump Mouse Deer and Banish All the World
epistemic status: pretty sure about some parts, very uncertain but leaning towards “likely” in others I People have been talking about the new atheists again.…
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Without belief in a god, but never without belief in a devil.
"Let’s not jump to determine which is a good intention and which is a bad one, but merely recognize that even the worst groups have their own justifications, and that these are necessary for their survival."
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The New Ruling Class
"people will decide for themselves what kinds of authority they will recognize."
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Paranoid Paleoconservatives - Quillette
"Misunderstandings are inevitable when marginal subcultures are abruptly exposed to mass media attention."
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2 days ago
The Case Against Education
"We pretend to teach, they pretend to learn. Or rather, we tried that, and they couldn’t even pretend to learn, so we resorted to massive fraud and plain old not even testing the kids at all. We pretend to teach, and we pretend they pretended to learn."
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4 days ago
How to change the course of human history | Eurozine
"rational self-interest and accumulation of power are the enduring forces behind human social development."
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4 days ago
From Wells Fargo to Fyre Festival, the Scam Economy Is Entering Its Baroque Phase
"Ultimately, the organizers of the Fyre Festival didn’t produce a festival; they produced the appearance of a festival. What remains unclear, incredibly enough, is whether those organizers had the capacity to tell the difference."
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5 days ago
From Wells Fargo to Fyre Festival, the Scam Economy Is Entering Its Baroque Phase
"Nothing is easier to sell than the notion that a grander life is right around the corner, waiting for you to claim it — as soon as you pony up for the stock tips and pickup tricks."
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5 days ago
The Perpetual Helldump
"In this context, the specifics of any given offense are irrelevant, except to the extent that they can be weaponized against an enemy — and, after a successful usage, the entirety of the proceedings should be understood only in terms of whether or not the material was acceptable."
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7 days ago
Your Pretty Face is Going to Sell
"People simulate the behavior of corporate brands, while corporate brands simulate people"
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7 days ago
The fall of Milo Yiannopoulos | Spectator USA
"He doesn’t mind anything, if it is about him."
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7 days ago
Step Inside the Factory Where Superstars Make Their Art
"“By pushing boundaries,” he says, “there’s nearly always a commercial advantage for the people you’re working with.”"
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10 days ago
Goodhart’s Law and Why Measurement is Hard
"Complex systems can only be managed using metrics, and once the metrics are put in place, everyone is being incentivized to follow the system’s logic, to the exclusion of the original goals."
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14 days ago
Goodhart’s Law and Why Measurement is Hard
"Metrics make things better overall, but only occurs to the extent that they are effective at encouraging the true goals of the system. To the extent that they are misaligned, the system’s behavior will diverge from the goals being mismeasured."
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Goodhart’s Law and Why Measurement is Hard
"Systems using measures are incentivized to perform certain ways – they self optimize. Building systems using bad metrics doesn’t stop their self-optimization, they just optimize towards something you didn’t want."
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14 days ago
Goodhart’s Law and Why Measurement is Hard
"When the metric doesn’t work, you stop caring about the metric, but continue caring about what it measures."
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14 days ago
Goodhart’s Law and Why Measurement is Hard
"measurement is too useful a tool to remain unused, and too powerful not to change the system as it is used."
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14 days ago
Opinion | How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’
"while race may be a social construct, differences in genetic ancestry that happen to correlate to many of today’s racial constructs are real."
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Survival Of The Stupidest
"Place a smart individual in a group of stupid persons and you will witness the smart person succumb to stupidity. In an environment infested by stupidity 'being the smartest' does not equate to 'being the fittest'."
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15 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"The basic masculine social construct forces the man into paid work, but all he is likely able to get is emasculating subordinate work and then, to top it all of, he’s likely to answer to a harem queen with neither the masculine nor feminine virtues."
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19 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"The brute (toxic masculinity) and the bitch (toxic femininity) are the archetypes of psychopathy. The first is the one who uses violence, force, and low-bred charm to get his genetic material into as many women as possible. The second is the saboteur who’ll destroy women who outshine her. In the messy real world, of course, there are female brutes and male bitches."
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19 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"the female-type psychopath’s ancestral life purpose is to lay tracks for the male-type psychopath who’ll actually spread her seed."
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19 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"A female psychopath might be able to rise to the top of a dominance hierarchy and run a tribe or even an empire, but there’s no way for her to have 300 children. If she wants to play the psychopath’s game, it must be played through her male children."
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19 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"Yes, it is still unclear to science which aspects of gender are intrinsic, which are epigenetic, and which are socially constructed or arbitrary. However, if we ignore the inclinations of 90 percent of the population, we do so at our peril."
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19 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"we can extend social decency, kindness, and justice to people in the two main genders that make up 90 percent, as well as to those in the other 10 percent– the long tail of more infrequent gender constellations."
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19 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"Traditional companies for adults do not make pretenses about radical transparency and openness to dissent."
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19 days ago
Big Reputation: the Mark of the Beast, Macho Subordinacy, and the Masculine Fourth Turning
"Executives are not keen on hearing the peons’ ideas; they just want the troublemakers to expose themselves."
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19 days ago
The Last Psychiatrist: The Dove Sketches Beauty Scam
"on the one hand, they don't want to have to conform to society's impossible standards, but on the other hand they don't want the existential terror of NOT conforming to some kind of standard."
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22 days ago
The Trouble with the View from Above
"the conclusions I draw from the failures of modern social engineering are as applicable to market-driven standardization as they are to bureaucratic homogeneity."
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27 days ago
The Trouble with the View from Above
"By redesigning the complex and poorly understood ecology of the old-growth forest as a veritable wood-fiber farm and bracketing everything else, scientific forestry had destroyed a vernacular forest and a host of ecological processes that came back to haunt it."
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27 days ago
Man as a Rationalist Animal
"Even reconsidering one’s position requires some kind of counter-argument, and the problem here is that the counter-argument doesn’t make sense in the language of the scientists."
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28 days ago
Why is Freedom of Speech Important?
"But if free speech is never challenged as a value, how can we be intellectually and emotionally aware of the foundations and reasons why free speech is good?"
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4 weeks ago
Why is Freedom of Speech Important?
"One reason that freedom of expression is important is that we are not infallible. What we conceive to be contemptible heresy might actually be true."
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4 weeks ago
The Leaning Tower of Morality
"every instinct for empathy, compassion, charity, and virtue, to the extent that it’s inborn, evolved because it benefitted our ancestors who expressed it."
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4 weeks ago
“The Bitcoin Buycott”
Search Text Case Sensitive Exact Words Include Comments List of Bookmarks Here’s an interesting essay on cryptocurrencies. Personally, I don’t know anything…
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5 weeks ago
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5 weeks ago
The formal structure of paranoid leftism (why there is no such thing as a noble error)
"you will be very effective in making sure no Nazis are hiding in your groups, but you will also ensure that many good people are pushed out."
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5 weeks ago
Book Review: Seeing Like A State
"Maybe this is a point in favor of something like libertarianism? Maybe especially a “libertarianism of the poor” focusing on things like occupational licensing, not shutting down various services to the poor because they don’t meet rich-people standards, not shutting down various services to the poor because we think they’re “price-gouging”, et cetera?"
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5 weeks ago
Book Review: Seeing Like A State
"And so we gradually transitioned from systems that were messy but full of fine-tuned hidden order, to ones that were barely-functional but really easy to tax."
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5 weeks ago
Gamer Gate Analysis
"It's an emotional reaction that is triggered because people are trained to think along certain avenues, and if they participate in a particularly focused community for long enough they tend to accumulate some pretty well defined grooves in their brains that fill in patterns quite readily—whether it's justified or not."
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5 weeks ago
Gamer Gate Analysis
"Social pressure is so powerful that it changes the very meaning of words and sentences to the point where two people under different sources of pressure will read entirely different meanings into the same text."
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5 weeks ago
Gamer Gate Analysis
"Getting the first word in with the media, and having either personal connections or lots of social capital, lets you carry a narrative despite the facts."
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5 weeks ago
Political Violence Is A Game The Right Can’t Win
"When it comes to political violence, everybody imagines themselves piloting the helicopters; nobody imagines themselves clinging desperately to the skids."
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5 weeks ago
Highlights From The Comments On Technological Unemployment
"whether or not humans are practically useful, they’ll always be useful for aesthetic and signaling purposes."
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5 weeks ago
The Ignoble Lie | Patrick J. Deneen
"The uprising among the working classes across the developed West arises from a perception of illegitimacy—of a gap between claims of the ruling class and reality as experienced by those who are ruled. It is no coincidence that these rebellions come from the socialist left and authoritarian right, two positions that now share opposition to state capitalism, a managerial ruling class, the financialization of the economy, and globalization."
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5 weeks ago
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