Monthly Archives: February 2017

I like big data and I cannot lie

By | February 28, 2017

My friend is I think more pro-immigration than I am. I believe it decreases social cohesion and makes leaders like Trump more likely. I doubt Trump would’ve been able to attain power if the foreign-born population were, say, 5% instead of around 13% in 2016. You might blame racism or nationalism or whatever -ism you’d… Read More »

People are people

By | February 28, 2017

This is why I’m very antagonistic towards the modern liberal certitude that states that one should only befriend or be romantically involved with someone exactly the same age, social class and mindset as you. Sounds like a waste of a life. Yes, it is creepy when men only date 19-year-olds, but if that were the… Read More »

Lies, damn lies, and immigration

By | February 27, 2017

Also, don’t believe the lies that deportations will destroy the economy. First if that were true: 1) It already would have happened. 2) Economies just aren’t that linear. If you believe in the DSGE (which most economists claim to), destruction of the economy is not a possible response. 3) It’s a neolib fairy tale so… Read More »

No easy answers

By | February 27, 2017

The primary effects of the “open borders” mentality will be to more quickly reduce and eliminate the welfare state, and to decrease even further societal trust and cohesion. If this isn’t important, or we see it as inevitable, perhaps we should just declare it to be so, open the borders wide and taper off unto… Read More »

Feeling stupid

By | February 27, 2017

Realized today that the reason I constantly feel stupid and befuddled is because I unconsciously prioritize reading things I barely understand, that I must struggle to comprehend. That is not a bad thing, and it means I’m not actually becoming feebleminded.

Big Data

By | February 27, 2017

I wonder if in the future 20th and 21st century economics, algorithmic rationalism, and Big Data will be studied in historically-focused comparative religion classes. Can’t see why not.

Net jobs

By | February 26, 2017

Friday I was trying to calculate how many jobs companies I work for or had worked for had eliminated in the past few years. I ended up estimating about 5,000 jobs automated out of existence. Since the companies who’ve employed me aren’t very large, and not much hiring occurred in lieu of these 5,000 jobs,… Read More »

FDNC

By | February 25, 2017

Here’s some politics for you: I’ll never vote for another Democrat again. Or as my friend said: Fuck the DNC — Sarcozona (@sarcozona) February 25, 2017

Bounded rationality

By | February 23, 2017

I know sometimes I seem to be anti-science here. I am not. There’s a reason my fifth grade teacher called me “Mr. Science” and it’s the same reason that I taught most of the science portions of her class that year.* What I am is against the idea that science has ultimate explanatory power, and… Read More »