Archive for October, 2015

Chaos Patch (#82)

(Open thread + links)

Hestia’s website redesign. Blacklist. The XS pole. Lessons of aristocracy. Amerika online. Meme war. A propertarian reading list. The weekly round.

Religious roots of the Cathedral liberal elite. Aggressive sensitivity (exemplified, and also). Women broke capitalism. Academic rot.

Resilience of the Singapore provocation. How China sees Africa. “Arab Spring has predictably been an utter disaster.” Policy delirium. “I cannot overstate the damage Islam did to Western civilization.” Slaughter in SA.

Musk’s secret plan. Capitalism against commerce.

HBD blog top (actually pop) 23. Inheritance of executive function. Basics of race realism. Why the controversy? Smarts are scarce. Science-as-hate-fact.

Raspail speaks (noted, and also relevant). Death by demography. The fear. Madness in Germany (1, 2). Immigration and social order (or the opposite). The Bible on refugees.

Does religion exist? Religion and economic performance. “A part of us likes the idea of humanity ceasing to exist altogether.” Protestant Buddhism.

Climate complexity.

Great Filter nightmare fuel. Water on Mars (plus some practicalities, and a recollection). AI @ work?

Abnormal economics. McCloskey on Marxism. Assimilated futures. Meaning and pointing. Internet craziness.

October 4, 2015admin 33 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#30)


(This might be the greatest tweet ever written.)

October 3, 2015admin 10 Comments »
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Sentences (#25)

Brett Stevens interviewed by Fangorn Forest:

FF: What do you believe is the greatest problem Western Society faces today?
BS: Its imminent death.

October 2, 2015admin 19 Comments »
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The Dark Forest

Volume two of Cixin Liu’s science fiction trilogy.

The universe had once been bright, too. For a short time after the big bang, all matter existed in the, and only after the universe turned to burnt ash did heavy elements precipitate out of the darkness and form planets and life. Darkness was the mother of life and civilization.

The dark forest is the universe, but to get there — with insight — takes a path through Cosmic Sociology:

“See how the stars are points? The factors of chaos and randomness in the complex makeups of every civilized society in the universe get filtered out by distance, so those civilizations can act as reference points that are relatively easy to manipulate mathematically.”
“But there’s nothing concrete to study in your cosmic sociology, Dr. Ye. Surveys and experiments aren’t really possible.”
“That means your ultimate result will be purely theoretical. Like Euclid’s geometry, you’ll set up a few simple axioms at first, then derive an overall theoretic system using those axioms as a foundation.”
“It’s all fascinating, but what would the axioms of cosmic sociology be?”
“First: Survuival is the primary need of civilization. Second: Civilization continuously grows and expands, but the total matter in the universe remains constant.”

“Those two axioms are solid enough from a sociological perspective … but you rattled them off so quickly, like you’d already worked them out,” Luo Ji said, a little surprised.
“I’ve been thinking about this for most of my life, but I’ve never spoken about it with anyone before. I don’t know why, really. … One more thing: To derive a basic picture of cosmic sociology from these two axioms, you need two other important concepts: chains of suspicion, and the technological explosion.”

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October 1, 2015admin 34 Comments »
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