"Talks a good game about freedom when out of power, but once he’s in – bam! Everyone's enslaved in the human-flourishing mines."

Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Paradox of Ecclesiology

[Epistemic status: Sloppy. You’re going to have to read between the lines and fill in some of the holes here.] I. Some rationalists study ecclesiology. I used to think this was dumb. Now I appreciate it a little more. Let … Continue reading

Growing Children For Bostrom’s Disneyland

[Epistemic status: Started off with something to say, gradually digressed, fell into total crackpottery. Everything after the halfway mark should have been written as a science fiction story instead, but I’m too lazy to change it.] I’m working my way … Continue reading

Links For July 2014

The Koran talks about a mysterious immortal figure named Khidr who travels the Middle East and hangs out with prophets. And the passages about him seem to have inspired some of the Jewish folk tales about Elijah I heard growing … Continue reading

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SSRIs: Much More Than You Wanted To Know

The claim that “SSRIs don’t work” or “SSRIs are mostly just placebo” is most commonly associated with Irving Kirsch, a man with the awesome job title of “Associate Director Of The Program For Placebo Studies at Harvard”. (fun fact: there’s … Continue reading

Social Justice And Words, Words, Words

[Content note: hostility toward social justice, discussion of various prejudices] “Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words! I get words all day through. First from him, now from you. Is that all you blighters can do?” – Eliza Doolittle … Continue reading

List Of The Passages I Highlighted In My Copy Of “The Two-Income Trap”

– but which didn’t fit naturally into the review. Today’s bankrupt families are deeper in debt than their counterparts just twenty years earlier, and their overall financial picutre – assets and debts – is worse. In 1981, the median family … Continue reading

Ozy vs. Scott on Charity Baskets

I have invited Ozy to post to Slate Star Codex. I ended up disagreeing with their first post, so I’m going to include it along with my rebuttal. Ozy: A man goes up to a stockbroker and says, “You guys … Continue reading

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How Common Are Science Failures?

After a brief spurt of debate over the claim that “97% of relevant published papers support anthropogenic climate change”, I think the picture has mostly settled to an agreement that – although we can contest the methodology of that particular … Continue reading

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