A Positive Account of Property Rights
[This is based on the final draft on my harddisk, and may differ in detail from the publishedversion] Originally published in Social Philosophy &Policy, volume…
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yesterday
The Use and Abuse of Witchdoctors for Life
a case study in legibility as prelude to Hoffer I This blog is running the risk of all writing, which is critique but no suggestion. Let me counter that with a…
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yesterday
Contra Robinson On Public Food
"Start a revolution to sweep away everyone else and institute a form of government that isn’t Moloch, and your revolution will surrender to Moloch in all of of ten seconds."
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2 days ago
Contra Robinson On Public Food
"Capitalism is an agent more powerful and creative than any individual human, programmed with the imperative: “Give people with money what they want.”"
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Civility Is Never Neutral
"Civility norms will always be enforced disproportionately against viewpoints that the people in power don’t like."
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2 days ago
I Took Jake Paul’s 74-Video Educational Series And It’s Terrifying
Instagram: @jakepaul I admit that I did not have a high opinion of Jake Paul when I paid $54 to watch his education video series on how to become a social media…
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3 days ago
Fraud
Buy eBook - $22.05 Get this book in print ▼ 0 Reviews Write review https://books.google.com/books/about/Fraud.html?id=N6qtDAAAQBAJ By Edward J. Balleisen About…
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4 days ago
A Priesthood of Programmers
"A strong priesthood defines the reality its adherents live in, but this can only go so far. All the legitimacy in the world pales in the face of force of arms."
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13 days ago
A Priesthood of Programmers
"The idea that Facebook doesn’t *care* what flows over its network is abhorrent to the journalist, though they vacillate wildly between attacking Facebook as a threat to their field which must be resisted, or the next step in the evolution of their field if only it would emulate their practices (and hire lots of them)."
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13 days ago
A Priesthood of Programmers
"If you can’t automate it, you use programming techniques to break it down into morsels that can be shunted onto the userbase or parcelled out to unskilled laborers, or you ignore it as best you can."
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A Priesthood of Programmers
"However, the major platforms, attempting to build their networks as large as possible, must be all things to all people."
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A Priesthood of Programmers
"Discourse over how platforms “ought” to function tends to focus on a tension between the desire of tech companies to operate as simple businesses disinterested in higher questions against a perceived necessity for them to fill the role once occupied by the press as defenders of liberal democracy."
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A Priesthood of Programmers
"The priestly role is, in a word, systematization. Their chief purpose is to construct the reality in which their adherents live."
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14 days ago
Can This Man Build a Better Bitcoin?
Two years ago, Bryce “Zooko” Wilcox was running a struggling startup and sleeping in his car. Today he’s collaborating with JPMorgan Chase on the privacy tech…
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4 weeks ago
What Life Is Like Inside WeWork’s Communal Housing Project
"WeWork wants to parlay its success with co-working into a “We” lifestyle brand that incorporates not just work but living and wellness for community-minded people."
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6 weeks ago
Can machines be more fair than humans at determining credit risk?
Credit ratings have long been the key measure of how likely a U.S. consumer is to repay any loan, from mortgages to credit cards. But the factors that FICO and…
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6 weeks ago
Centrism: A Moderate Manifesto - Quillette
"It is useful to be skeptical of human nature in the broad sense, but to be charitable to individuals, especially in the domain of public discourse."
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8 weeks ago
Different Worlds
"Some people experience worlds of basically-good people who treat them nicely. Other people experience worlds of awful hypocritical backstabbers."
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12 weeks ago
Kolmogorov Complicity And The Parable Of Lightning
"Any educational method that successfully instills curiosity and the scientific spirit will become too dangerous to touch; any that encourage rote repetition of approved truths will get the stamp of approval."
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12 weeks ago
Add Plugins ‹ Exolymph — WordPress
MailChimp for WordPress Install Now More Details MailChimp for WordPress, the absolute best. Subscribe your WordPress site visitors to your MailChimp lists,…
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Mark Zuckerberg
"We don't check what people say before they say it, and frankly, I don't think our society should want us to. Freedom means you don't have to ask permission first, and that by default you can say what you want."
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october 2017
WeWork's $20 Billion Office Party: The Crazy Bet That Could Change How The World Does Business
""No one is investing in a co-working company worth $20 billion. That doesn't exist," Neumann says. "Our valuation and size today are much more based on our energy and spirituality than it is on a multiple of revenue.""
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october 2017
Peter Sjöstedt-H
"It has always been terrible to fall into the hands of a living god."
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september 2017
Peter Sjöstedt-H
"Archetypes are like riverbeds which dry up when the water deserts them, but which it can find again at any time. An archetype is like an old watercourse along which the water of life has flowed for centuries, digging a deep channel for itself. The longer it has flowed in this channel the more likely it is that sooner or later the water will return to its old bed."
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september 2017
Peter Sjöstedt-H
"He is the god of storm and frenzy, the unleasher of passions and the lust of battle; moreover he is a superlative magician and artist in illusion who is versed in all secrets of an occult nature."
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september 2017
Peter Sjöstedt-H
"We were even beginning to regard war between civilized nations as a fable, thinking that such an absurdity would become less and less possible on our rational, internationally organized world."
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september 2017
Fairy Dust, Pandora's Box... or a Hammer
"The safest path forward would be open sourcing the entire criminal justice system."
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september 2017
Fairy Dust, Pandora's Box... or a Hammer
"the larger idea of unviewable algorithms aiding in sending people to prison is extremely problematic"
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september 2017
Fairy Dust, Pandora's Box... or a Hammer
"New regulations, if necessary, should be narrowly tailored to address specific bad outcomes rather than theoretical ones."
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september 2017
Internet Infrastructure is the New Battleground for Free Speech - Quillette
"Previously, if you didn’t like the way Twitter and Facebook run their platforms, the solution was simple: make your own site, where the rules are more relaxed and legally protected speech is not removed for political reasons. Now, even this option is being taken off the table. Your alternative site still depends on commercial organisations to host it, route traffic to it, list it in search results, and protect it from attacks."
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september 2017
Internet Infrastructure is the New Battleground for Free Speech - Quillette
"What is remarkable about this new Nazi hysteria is how selective it is. A few days after Charlottesville there were two Islamic terror attacks in Catalonia that killed 16 people. How many CloudFlare customers were booted off the platform as a result? How many Islamic State websites did GoDaddy shut down? How many blog posts did the Tor project write about the violence and hatred of radical Islamists? None, as far as we can tell. Either these companies believe that a tiny fringe group of deeply unpopular white supremacists is more of a threat than a global terror network that has killed thousands of people, or their actions are just publicity stunts designed to appease the latest Twittermob."
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september 2017
Internet Infrastructure is the New Battleground for Free Speech - Quillette
"Amidst all the media cheering, only the Electronic Frontier Foundation thought to question the wisdom of asking the providers of internet infrastructure, who are supposed to act as content-neutral conduits, to take on the role of extrajudicial online thought police."
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september 2017
Internet Infrastructure is the New Battleground for Free Speech - Quillette
"Whatever the motivation, the fact remains that person or persons unknown were able to unilaterally, albeit only temporarily, decide what legally-published content was allowed to appear online."
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september 2017
How the Trendiest Grilled Cheese Venture Got Burnt – Backchannel
"It’s easier to “move fast and break things” when you haven’t yet been indoctrinated into the thing you’re trying to break."
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september 2017
Ceci n'est pas un blog
"But we were selling to humans. And humans don't ever behave rationally. There's an almost bottomless body of research about how bad humans are at evaluating economic decisions and consequences."
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september 2017
Omni-Channel Retail and The Future of Commerce
"although they have more physical stores nearby, shoppers in metropolitan areas spend more online annually"
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september 2017
The World As If
"Our modern world, to confuse matters even more, is mostly made of minds. In an attention economy completely translated into symbols and words, it is the case that symbols and words have power over the material world. Toppling statues and meme magic are the hallmarks of an ever-more “as if” world: symbols have power, and mental attention is power."
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september 2017
The World As If
"Toppling statues and meme magic are the hallmarks of an ever-more “as if” world: symbols have power, and mental attention is power."
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september 2017
The World As If
"if a conscious fiction is useful enough within its scope and context, it might be useful to just believe it in general rather than trying to keep it cognitively bounded in its proper place."
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september 2017
The World As If
"Insisting on understanding each implementation detail of our world would drastically inhibit our ability to live in it."
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september 2017
Google and The New America Foundation, Google’s Monopoly, Google’s Stupidity
"it seems far more likely that the exception in this case is Google’s hamfistedness (more on this in a moment!), not that a donor had an effect on a think tank’s output."
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september 2017
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