"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: August 2016

Terrorists Vs. Chairs: An Outlier Story

The other day I needed to know how many people were killed by chairs, and while searching I came across the Washington Post’s You’re More Likely To Be Fatally Crushed By Furniture Than Killed By A Terrorist. It argues that … Continue reading

Open Thread 57.25

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Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs

[Content note: this is pretty much a rehash of things I’ve said before, and that other people have addressed much more eloquently. My only excuse for wasting your time with it again is that SOMEHOW THE MESSAGE STILL HASN’T SUNK … Continue reading

OT57: Chopin Thread

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Links 8/16: On My Right Hand Michael; On My Left Hand URL

Have you heard of Desert Bus, the terrible game about driving a bus for eight real-time hours through a monotonous desert landscape? You have? Then did you know it’s part of Penn and Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of … Continue reading

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Devoodooifying Psychology

[Epistemic status: very low. Total conjecture based on insufficient evidence.] “Voodoo death” refers to supposed cases where people died after being cursed by witch doctors. The theory goes that even though witch doctors don’t have real magic, if their victims … Continue reading

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Open Thread 56.75

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The View From Ground Level

[Epistemic status: Any time I make an anthropic argument, you should probably interpret it as trolling] Sean Carroll argues that the simulation argument is false. The simulation argument posits two kinds of universes: “high-level” universes that can simulate other universes, … Continue reading

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Open Thread 56.5

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Open Thread 56.25

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