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WMT cookies

By | November 16, 2018

I don’t understand how Walmart can sell three medium-size chocolate chip cookies for 98 cents that taste 80% as good as the cookies from Whole Foods that are $2.00 each. It’s almost three times as much cookie for half the price. It’s not like Whole Foods pays their people all that much more. How is… Read More »

Human Morality

By | November 15, 2018

“A further logical flaw arises in connection with the widely held conviction that humans are morally superior beings because they possess, while others lack, the capacities of a moral agent (free will, accountability, deliberation, judgment, practical reason). This view rests on a conceptual confusion. As far as moral standards are concerned, only beings that have… Read More »


By | November 14, 2018

I am not anti-economics. There could be a valid field of economics just as there could be a valid, productive field of evolutionary psychology. Both of these are things that could exist. That they do not now says nothing about their potential or validity. Now, though, both fields would have to be burnt to the… Read More »


By | November 14, 2018

breaking news as corporate America discovers that “blockchain tech” is just a slow fucking database — Katherine Wu (@katherineykwu) November 12, 2018 Relatedly, wonder when corporate America will realize containers and Kubernetes are just very slow fucking clusters? Here’s something I absolutely guarantee: I can create a cluster that’s 10x as reliable and a… Read More »


By | November 14, 2018

My guess is that a society can’t survive as a cohesive polity when everyone demands their own individuated identity with its own label. That seems to lead only to fracture and dissolution. Is there a path that doesn’t lead this way with everyone having their own private and fiercely-guarded identity and pronouns? Perhaps, but it’s… Read More »

Pushback Wrong

By | November 14, 2018

I receive and have received some pushback when I said that in general society was getting more prudish and that even so-called liberals are trending this way as well. Nevertheless, that is what’s occurring. Jonah Disend, founder of innovation firm Redscout, explains further: “The concept of a master bedroom is becoming obsolete because we have… Read More »

Tri Again

By | November 14, 2018

I want to write a three-volume series of philosophical history. The first volume will be Full Throttle Aristotle. The second will be Descartes Before the Horse. The third will be Kant Stop Now. Who will fund me? Come on, let’s do this.

Meta Mutandis

By | November 13, 2018

Regarding all my talk about meta-rationality and other epistemologically-related arcana the other day, something I wanted to point out is that when scientists prattle on about how the universe is deterministic, they are not only wrong but provably wrong. Quantum mechanics demonstrates firmly that certain things are fundamentally unknown and unknowable. There’s no hidden variable.… Read More »

Big Five

By | November 13, 2018

Here are my results on taking a “Big 5” personality traits test. Supposedly, this is the only scientifically valid personality test. That’s about what I expected to see. I am extremely introverted and extremely disagreeable which I already knew, and emotionally stable — so in other words I am reliably grumpy (which is quite true).