New Atlantis

The left pundits are correct that Trump will not save the Rust Belt or Appalachia.

Without a complete re-organization of society, nothing will.

What they don’t say, however, is that not only do they also have no plan to save these regions, they have no desire to do so. In fact, if these areas just disappeared and with them all the inconvenient “losers” of society, they’d be just fine with that.

This attitude explains why many of the inhabitants of those forsaken areas will be voting for Trump.

Not So Smart

The web has gotten so much worse since smart phones and the stampede of idiots that followed this.

Interfaces are now horrendous – strangely, even on a phone though they are supposedly designed for this format.

Social media I thought would swallow the riffraff up and keep them away, but instead they’ve like vermin invaded everywhere and also like vermin everywhere they invade follows a trail of coprolalia, copropraxia and coprographia – and trust me, that is a lot of metaphorical shit.

I wish the smartphone revolution had never happened and nothing like Facebook had ever been created, and that the web still existed as a refuge for relatively-intelligent people.

But that ain’t what happened.

One Robot

Because I read I, Robot when I was 10 or 11, I forgot until something reminded me of it today that in the original book the protagonist was a woman, Dr. Susan Calvin.

Another film that did the kind of gender swap we could use a lot less of.

Hell, I’d be in favor of re-making every single decent movie with all-female casts. Let’s do it. (I originally wrote “all-female cats” accidentally. And that’d be ok too.)

Gov

Guy at work always ranting about the government being incompetent and unnecessary while his hand typically rests on a mouse which was first developed at a government-supported institution and all the while he’s using a computer with technologies largely developed by government research. As he’s whining, the company he works for is providing customers services on a globe-spanning network that we now know as the internet but was first called Arpanet because it was developed by — you guessed it — a government agency.

Cluelessness is a bottomless abyss apparently. Literally this person’s entire career, every economic good that has ever occurred in his life, has come about because of some government-sponsored invention.

I can’t explain any of this. No psychological theory is adequate to reduce this to something comprehensible. How have humans survived this long with brains that work so poorly?

Well, that won’t last. Surviving, that is.

Too Cold To Go Out

Well, this is easy to explain.

The main explanation is that above the line is where it’s quite a bit colder, and more people spend more of their leisure time inside where art of some sort is more likely to get created.

Below the line, there are nearly year-round outside activities that people partake in, thus spending their leisure time in other ways. In other words, when it’s too damn cold to go out 9 months out of the year more art gets created.

(Also, the states above the line tend to be both richer and younger for the most part, so demographics also plays a role.)

Not good sociology

Much more likely than this (just look at how current society operates):

By 2050, women are by far the largest consumers and users of sex robots, just as they are of current sex toys (among straight people, anyway).

Men who use sex robots just as occurs with men who now own RealDolls are seen as unsavory, pitiful and deviant. As, I might point, really all men who own sex toys are currently seen — by both men and women.

When it becomes more widespread, I’d say that 80% of straight sex robot use will be by women. Everything in society trends that way already, and though seismic changes do happen, I don’t see the conception of masculinity and femininity being shifted that much that quickly. It’d require epochal changes in norms that I just don’t see occurring with that celerity.

Hell, if I were a woman, I’d sure prefer a sex robot over the risk of the average man. Any day.

My brain is optimized for

I don’t think the German people at work know that I can now understand most of what they say, despite not really speaking any German (because I never practice, nor care to.)

That kind of thing, I learn fast. I’m the exact opposite in languages as compared to math.

In languages, I can just play. I’m top tier, and there’s no reason to be modest. It just is. In math, I just can’t do anything worth a damn, and the things I can do I forget quickly.

Few more books

I need to read a few more books and do some more studying but some day soon I’ll produce a list of real books you should read vs. science popularization claptrap*.

Such as: don’t read Outliers, read this instead.

Don’t read Guns, Germs and Steel, read this.

Many of the books I’ll recommend will be harder than the pop-sci equivalents, and most will be textbooks and some will be scientific papers, but them’s the breaks. You’re actually making yourself dumber by reading Malcolm Gladwell and their ilk, so what’s the point of that? Talking about it over the water cooler at work? I don’t give a crap about that. I care about actually learning.

*Not all pop-sci books are garbage, but many of them are, and almost all of the really popular ones are mostly worthless.

NTS

One of the things I like about the office where I work is that I frequently hear these languages: Spanish, Hindi, Slovakian, German and Chinese. And of course English.

I’m not anti-immigrant. Far from it. Just anti-moron, against the left’s asinine assertion that the immigration of millions of radical Islamic patriarchal men is the same as an Indian woman migrating for a project manager job and a better life.

Not the same. Not the same at all.