Monthly Archives: February 2017

Great example

By | February 23, 2017

The first part of this article is a perfectly-executed example of a false dichotomy. Really, it’s rhetorically brilliant. After that I’m not sure what the article is arguing as it seems to wish and then wash all over the place, for a wishy-washy waste of space. It mostly seems to be advocating for preserving the… Read More »

Rod of Asclepius

By | February 22, 2017

I was going to make a satire site with directions on how to do self-surgery to save on medical expenses — or if you were not American tough (fuck yeah!), then it would provide instructions to a family member on how to, for example, do a heart bypass or appendectomy. But Poe’s Law, guys and… Read More »

Novel

By | February 22, 2017

I’m no worshipper of Elon Musk, but it is telling that when someone attempts to do something truly new in the world, he is criticized and demeaned — while those who create “apps” that help you sell your soul and your data to a corporation are lionized and celebrated. Hmmm, could there be an agenda… Read More »

Inimicus

By | February 21, 2017

What…what is happening in the world? When I mostly agree with Glenn Reynolds, I can’t understand anything any more. Well, now they’ve heard it, and they’ve also heard that a lot of Americans resent the meritocrats’ insulation from what’s happening elsewhere, especially as America’s unfortunate record over the past couple of decades, whether in economics,… Read More »

Rationality and rationalization

By | February 20, 2017

Strict rationality will never work as a philosophy in this universe for a few reasons. The first is that there is no reason to undertake (or to fail to undertake) an action using a strictly rationalist framework. All of this at the human level requires morals, ethics, values and desire. Even at the animal level,… Read More »

Fork in the road

By | February 20, 2017

The cover of this anti-evolution book made me laugh. Yep, it is a real book. Alas. The blurb is also funny — particularly this part as it’s actually accurate but whoever wrote it (like most of these types) knew nothing about evolution at all. Are you really the descendant of chimpanzees? The latest scientific evidence… Read More »

Sniper

By | February 19, 2017

The Girl Who Ran Away to Fight ISIS. Interesting story and if she’s only done 1/10 the things she said she’s done, pretty damn impressive — but I was more interested in the weapons in her photo. This one: The weapon on the left is an easy one. That’s a PKM (BKC), or PK machine… Read More »

Smoking math

By | February 18, 2017

By the way, the primary reason for the mathematicalization of economics is not to improve economics (it doesn’t), but rather to give economists and related who wish to hoodwink and swindle the public an excuse for dismissing lay critics. Economics could drop 90% of its math and actually be more effective because it’d force it… Read More »