Monthly Archives: May 2022

Anti-dogmatic

Audit your beliefs often and without restraint. Find their origin, and measure their merit. Be attached to no idea. — Ryan Sereno                      

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The humble brain

                       

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The problem facing the Left

Further on the state of the political Left in North America, here’s Meghan Murphy’s “Leaving the Left“: That was hard. It’s hard when the cult you professed undying allegiance to excommunicates you. […] I didn’t leave the left for any … Continue reading

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Negotiation

Of course, one of Putin’s favorite tricks. Cause a crisis and then demand concessions to “help” deal with it. Energy, refugees, terror, etc. Now food. If you negotiate with terrorists you get terrorized. — Garry Kasparov         … Continue reading

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Explaining the pro-gun position to an European

Yet another anti-social young man caught by nihilism chose to do the worst thing he possibly could, killing children. And yet, despite what most Europeans feel about American gun politics, and how Americans with guns are portrayed by European media, … Continue reading

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Why can’t people see that you can’t negotiate with bullies?

From Adam Something: The Soviet/Russian way of negotiation was developed precisely with Western appeasers in mind. Suppose Soviets want X from the West. They have 0% of it. This is how they’ll proceed: Step 1: demand the absolute maximum, 100% … Continue reading

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A job application. Da Vinci’s job application

At age 30, Leonardo da Vinci applied for work by sending his resume, for lack of a better word, to the Duke of Milan Ludovico il Moro. It starts of listing his abilities related to engineering in war and civil … Continue reading

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Everything Everywhere All At Once, and then some

Watching the trailer for “Everything Everywhere All At Once” I was intrigued: (Youtube) Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis? An action multiverse movie? Might be good, might be ridiculous. I was not prepared for an absurd, insane, funny, boundary-pushing, emotional … Continue reading

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“Better known for other work”

This is an understated footnote: The footnote is from Lara Pudwell’s “Digit Reversal Without Apology” and while the article discusses the scientific work of Alan Sutcliffe and T.J. Kaczynski the footnote does at least hint that you might have heard … Continue reading

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Inheritable traits

It is impressive that we have a trait that is obviously inheritable to a very large degree, and yet it is also malleable by environmental factors: Traits like height, which is on the order of 90% heritable and easily and … Continue reading

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