"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: January 2015

OT12: Openness To Threadxperience

(seen at the New York Solstice celebration. Explanation here) This is the semimonthly open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: 1. Thanks to custom website and software design company Trike Apps for agreeing to host … Continue reading

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Links 1/2015: An Extraordinary URL In An Ordinary World

North Korea’s official Twitter account only follows one active user, a twenty-something Texan investor, and he has no idea why. Robin Hanson talks a lot about the RAND insurance experiment, which found that giving people better health insurance didn’t necessarily … Continue reading

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Chronic Psychitis

Some people have asked my opinion on a recent spate of articles like Is Depression Partly Caused By An Allergic Reaction? and Depression May Be Caused By Inflammation. Standard disclaimer: I’m not a researcher in this field, I’m not board-certified … Continue reading

Ethics Offsets

I. Some people buy voluntary carbon offsets. Suppose they worry about global warming and would feel bad taking a long unnecessary plane trip that pollutes the atmosphere. So instead of not doing it, they take the plane trip, then pay … Continue reading

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2014 Predictions: Calibration Results

Last year in January I made some predictions for 2014 and gave my calibration level for each. Time to see how I did. Ones in black were successes, ones in red were failures. 1. Obamacare will survive the year mostly … Continue reading

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Untitled

EDIT: This is the most controversial post I have ever written in ten years of blogging. I wrote it because I was very angry at a specific incident. I stand by a lot of it, but if somebody links you … Continue reading