"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: October 2016

More Hardball Debate Questions

[See also Hardball Questions For The Next Debate. The Gary Johnson question is not original to me.] Jill Stein: You’re a former doctor and researcher who first got involved in politics because of your interest in public health. One of … Continue reading

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Open Thread 60.25

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: 1. MIRI is having a fundraiser which you can read about here. As part of their pitch, they’re having an AMA on effective-altruism.com … Continue reading

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Somewhat Against Psychiatric Conditions As Domestication Failure

[Epistemic status: Not sure if I’m arguing against a straw man here and my conclusion is what the researchers meant all along.] I. Benitez-Burraco and Lattanzi theorize that autism and schizophrenia are anomalies in the human self-domestication process. I’ll try … Continue reading

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OT60: Openitentiary

This is the bi-weekly visible open thread. There are hidden threads every few days here. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever. Also: 1. I went through some of the reported comments and banned the appropriate people. If … Continue reading

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Open Thread 59.75

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever.

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Links 10/16: New URLeans

Hey, remember that time when Merv, Turkmenistan was the largest city in the world? What about when it was Dobrovody, Ukraine? Here’s a helpful cheat sheet if you’re feeling a little lost. Marble quarries somehow look both exactly how you … Continue reading

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Open Thread 59.5

This is the twice-weekly hidden open thread. Post about anything you want, ask random questions, whatever.

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He Kept Us Out Of War?

I. Some of the best pushback I got on my election post yesterday was from people who thought Trump was a safer choice than Clinton because of the former’s isolationism and the latter’s interventionism. Since I glossed over that point … Continue reading

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