The first thing I will do when I stop working is to throw my smartphone in the garbage. Such joy is rarely known by humans.
A few years ago on an old blog of mine, I was made fun of for asserting that the price of photovoltaic solar cells would fall drastically as a similar effect to Moore’s Law would occur in that area. The commenter wasn’t doing anything unusual; this was “common knowledge.” But like much common knowledge, it… Read More »
Donald Trump can actually beat Hillary in November: Stubborn pundits still refuse to accept it. Can and will; Clinton will not win in the general any of the Southern states where she was strongest in the primaries, whereas Donald Trump is likely to win most of the Northeast states where he is strongest. Clinton is… Read More »
Remember how it was common knowledge a few years ago that tablets were fated to completely replace PCs, that by 2016 PCs on a desk would be as rare as ethics in an investment bank? Yeah, not so much. I was one of the few people pushing back against that idea, and I was right.… Read More »
Not all dualists are interactionists, however. An important alternative version of dualism, called epiphenomenalism, recognizes mental entities as being different in kind from physical ones yet denies that mental states play any causal role in the unfolding of physical events. An epiphenomenalist would argue that mental states, such as perceptions, intentions, beliefs, hopes, and desires,… Read More »
What a strange question. Brilliance doesn’t significantly decrease the tendency to make mistakes, it just allows one a bigger scope of mistake-making. Combine that with the Peter Principle, and then truly brilliant people can make world-altering errors. Also many brilliant people accustomed to succeeding often get the attitude that, “I’m really good, therefore anything I… Read More »
Could Kevin Drum be a bigger nitwit? I’m sure he could find some method, but it’s a distinct challenge at this point. Drum minimizes facts that are massive and important because he’s old, owns his own home, has gold-plated health coverage (dude has cancer — someone 25 years old would probably be homeless or dead… Read More »
So much hinges on luck, on the off chance, on the serendipitous. Though I’d been working with computers since literally before I could hand-write my own name, after I left the army I had trouble at first breaking into the IT field. I interviewed at many places for IT work — helpdesk, network tech, and… Read More »
Homeland isn’t a perfect show, but I really like how Carrie Mathison is routinely extremely rude to and aggressive against men who attempt to patronize and gaslight her. That’s the best part of the show, IMO.
I work in a well-compensated industry. Associated with that, I’ve noticed that nearly all of my co-workers send their children to private schools, even though the public schools in this area are pretty good from what I’ve heard. Most of the people I work with are pretty liberal — this isn’t some conservative withdrawal from… Read More »