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Twitter cuts (#86)

Comparing this …


… to this is darkly illuminating at a number of levels. Turns out the Gernsback Continuum really is continuous.

September 10, 2016admin 23 Comments »
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Quote note (#282)

At least superficially, under-funding is the strict reciprocal of hype:

The blockchain industry is either hugely under-resourced or hugely over-optimistic. Probably both.

Bitcoin rigorously formalizes the common insight that words are cheap (it emerged out of spam-filter solutions). So this analysis is intriguingly ironic, as well as obviously thought-provoking.

September 9, 2016admin 8 Comments »
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Sentences (#72)

Crucial:

One of the paradoxes — there are so many — of conservative thought over the last decade at least is the unwillingness even to entertain the possibility that America and the West are on a trajectory toward something very bad.

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September 8, 2016admin 69 Comments »
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Quote note (#281)

Amerika:

The grim fact is that evolution is not binary. It happens in degrees, like shades of a color on a detailed painting. Some rise above, and the rest remain in the middle, in varying degrees. Humanity has not risen above its ape ancestors, only some have, and the rest remain “talking monkeys with car keys.” […] We see this daily. …

XS has just one substantial disagreement with the place this post goes, as distilled here:
“… there is a 1% of mental ability, moral integrity and character who should rule the rest of us, because our judgment is poor.” No. The rare exceptions are too precious to be squandered on social zoo-keeping.

September 7, 2016admin 168 Comments »
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Sentences (#71)

Intrasexual competition as an engine of moral calculation:

In four studies, we show that men are more likely than women to make the anti-utilitarian (hypothetical) choice of causing three same sex deaths to save one opposite sex life; and that this choice is more likely when there are fewer potential sexual partners, more likely for heterosexual men and less likely if the female character to be saved no longer has reproductive value.

(Via.)

September 6, 2016admin 12 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#85)

Providential, even.

September 5, 2016admin 59 Comments »
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Quote note (#280)

Bacteria are often invoked as agents of ‘rhizomatic’ (horizontal) disruption of tree-like genetic lineages, so it’s intriguing to see them being proposed (p. 161-2) as cladistic engineers:

If two groups of the same insect ignore each other and only mate with their social circles, they should eventually split into distinct species. These splits occur all the time in nature, and the forces that cause them can take many forms. They could be physical obstacles like mountains or rivers. They could be differences in timing, in the hours or season in which animals are active. They could be incompatible genes that prevent two animals from interbreeding. Anything that stops animals from mating, or that kills or weakens the offspring of those couplings, can create ‘reproductive isolation’ — a gulf that drives species apart. And as [Eugene] Rosenberg had shown, bacteria can cause reproductive isolation, too. By acting as a living barrier that stops two populations from meeting up, microbes could potentially drive the origin of new species. …

September 4, 2016admin 76 Comments »
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Wealth Space

From Szabo’s critically-important exploration of collectibles:

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At the extreme upper left-hand corner is modern money – used purely as a medium of exchange and obligation satisfaction, and with high velocity, typically several transactions per month. The predominant such media in a culture also usually becomes its of account. At the opposite (southeast) extreme are pure stores of value – seldom if ever alienated, they usually change ownership only at death. At the northeast extreme are pure collectibles – a low-velocity (a few to a few dozen transfers per human lifetime) medium of obligation satisfaction and exchange, but also a store and display of wealth. At the southwest extremely are immediate consumables, such as food obtained from foraging in cultures that do not preserve or store their food.

September 3, 2016admin 33 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#84)

What’s happening in America right now in one graph:

It’s the Black, Hispanic, and White College Educated numbers that should be freaking out the Cathedral. If 29% of Black Americans think the victimological privilege narrative is bullshit, it’s failed.

September 2, 2016admin 60 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#83)

September 1, 2016admin 19 Comments »
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