Archive for the ‘Chaos’ Category

Chaos Patch (#117)

(Open thread + links)

Canonizing Citadel. Balkanization problems. Weaponized billionaires. Boomer fail. Free fall. Fish in a barrel. A response to Cowen. NRx feeds the Alt-Right. Cruelty. A Moldbug achive. The weekly round, plus outliers.

The edge of mob rule. Slur-positive. Neo-Weimar blues. The Dalai Lama goes off-message. Radio Rabbit. Bitbastion. Idiocracy advances. Echoes of hate (((watch))), plus.

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3). King Trump. Minority, Sanderista, and anti-war Trumpists. Politically incorrect (referencing). Numbers games (plus). Troubling Thiel. A vote for survival. Brains and computability.

Thiel isn’t the problem. Replicant media.

Cali eugenics (video). Dysgenic relaxation. Cross-cultural smiles. A double origin for domestic dogs? Cancer vaccine prospects. HGP Write. Unsilenced science. Do species exist?

Deep physics. DNA data-storage. Big math. The ultimate catastrophe.

A DAO hole. The Bitcoin ecosystem (graphic). AI and Singularity lies. Human rights for robots?

Hyperloop math. Hyper-real math. The cyborg option.

Self-reference. Sex dolls today.

June 7, 2016admin 47 Comments »
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Quote note (#256)

Robert Kaplan on The Coming Anarchy (February, 1994), in prophetic mode:

West Africa is becoming the symbol of worldwide demographic, environmental, and societal stress, in which criminal anarchy emerges as the real ‘strategic’ danger. Disease, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-states and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels are now most tellingly demonstrated through a West African prism. West Africa provides an appropriate introduction to the issues, often extremely unpleasant to discuss, that will soon confront our civilization. To remap the political earth the way it will be a few decades hence — as I intend to do in this article — I find I must begin with West Africa. …

Holds up well from the XS PoV.

(Used as a promotion device for the latest Outsideness NCR&P course, actually beginning next Sunday (although it currently seems a little demotically-challenged)). Does this seem like pan-handling? Guess it is, edgy 2016 Internet-economy style.

As anticipated, the Chaos Patch shift to Tuesday’s looks unavoidable. Sometimes Chaos bites back.

June 5, 2016admin 30 Comments »

Chaos Patch (#116)

(Open thread + links (delayed))
Given recent disruption, probably especially patchy. (Chaos Patches might be moving to Tuesday’s regularly for a while, coincidentally.)

The death of exit. The Pope of Moldbuggian ‘orthodoxy’. The Hoppean road. A fake civilization. The church cannot lead. WeSearchr (repeated). The weekly round (in doom), and outliers.

This is an insanely difficult perspective to adopt …” Ascended Economy (1, 2), and very related.

Return of the tribe (also). The monarchist moment. Amren quafs leftist tears (1, 2). Resentment cannot be assuaged. Sexy pagans.

Alt-Right panic report. The Aryan Goddess (1, 2, 3). The unnecessariatBlame the left for the Alt-Right. “It’s really concerning …” (video).  Origins of the Alt-Right. Fashy birds.

More Duerte Harry. Venezuela‘s only friends are idiots (there’s a Marxist take). Low-T Europe (1, 2), plus the center cannot hold (1, 2, 3). Flashpoint Austria. Tomorrow‘s EU. Greece is going nowhere. Britain’s true friends. The US and SE Asian geopolitics (over ideology). The old South Africa. Indian demographicsChallenges and opportunities in China. Global security welfare. Deglobalization. The Westphalian order is dying (video).

Trumpenführer panic report (0, 1, 2). Resistance is futile (plus, and double-plus). The SCOTUS factor. Authoritarians for Trump (video). Foreign drama.

Slack Twitter.

Asian racism (inversely related).

Thiel and private deterrence (1, 2, 3, 4), relevant. Milo does DePaul (video).

Brains do not compute. Vox does IQ. End of the anti-biotic era. Information processing in bacteria. Zombie ants.

VR and philosophy. Quantum philosophy.

The Uber-effect. Crypto-radicalization. Implementing swarm intelligence.

On dares. Hyper-Reality.

May 31, 2016admin 38 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#115)

(Open thread + links)

Property maps authority. Vampiric priors (and response). NRx will be eaten. Slippery slopes. Discretion. Only a new religion can save us (and ancient Chinese signaling spirals). The weekly round, plus outliers.

Atavistic illiberalism (cites). Generational war. Geek-nerd war. Resilient inequality. Militia make waves. Filter the electorate. Alt-Left back and forth. Christianity contra capitalism? Errors of the ENR. Marcuse and his backers.

Bubble skin.

Democracy in crisis (part n). Le Pen on the death of the EU. Israel heads right. A wide-angle view of Venezuela.

Trumpenführer panic report (0, 1). Red State hands over the keys. Statistical hits and misses.

Trouble in the Donkey camp (1, 2).

Twitter mayhem, left and right. Frog plague.

Uninformed economics. Recent natural selection in humans. A vanilla case for gene-editing (relevant). The deep roots of war. Humans aren’t cockroaches (when considered indiscriminately). The real demographic problem. How to avoid antibiotic apocalypse. Darwinian meta-ethics.

Cardwell’s Law. Google with chips. Persistent robot menace, but note: “I’m aware that these kinds of forecasts have been around for at least 200 years, from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and they never came true so far. It’s basically the boy who cried wolf … But in the original story of the boy who cried wolf, in the end, the wolf actually comes …” Pan-surveillance.

Thoughts on the Chinese typewriter.

World War Zero. Excavation of the unknown. A signal in the darkness?

May 22, 2016admin 33 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#114)

(Open thread + links (Vietnam distracted edition))

Neoreaction, the overview. Jungle law. Crushed in the culture wars (viz). Tiger rider. View from the (thoughtful) left. Breitbart raises bristles. The weekly round, plus outliers.

The world is going to Schiff (video). What is Marxism? The Committee to Abolish Outer Space (communist). Morality and nihilism. Sociologists are hacks. Uber upsets the right left people.

Duerte Harry (some background). Oil crisis round-up (Saudi, Venezuela (plus), Nigeria). 9/11 reverberations. Stubborn Suu Kyi. China’s demographic bust. Geopolitical tragedy (video).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3). Trump enthusiasm in China and India. Libertarians (plus) and neoconservatives crumble. Butlergate (or something). Comedy of errors (not unconnected). Principled conservatives. Opposition woes (and illusions).

Facebook Cathedralizes in public (1, 2). How to get banned from Twitter. Social media is breaking everything up. Media diplomacy fail.

Race realism in the UK (full). The stereotype factory. Model minority muddle.

Connecting the gene-IQ dots (noted). What Eysenck and Gottfredson share.

Motivated epigenetics. Missing mitochondria. Sub-basement of the monkey trap.

Illegal primes.

May 15, 2016admin 47 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#113)

(Open thread + links)

Formalism (versus priestly power), or lies. Herding cats. On independence. Activist error. “The answer to global ethnocultural diversity is a global diversity of political regimes.” Reality inversion, and American Mayday. A case for popularity. The weekly round, plus outliers.

Marxist marginalization (connected). Individualism by the numbers. Alt-Right ripples (1, 2, 3), and links. Alt-Right Hawley reviews (1, 2). Alt-Right economics. Regime rules for niceness. The sexual marketplace. Political spectra. “[W]e all went berserk.”

Social implosion watch, Venezuela (1, 2, 3) and Arab world (1, 2) versions. Nuclear geography. The world of mercantile realpolitik. Londoners submit (relevant). Young French people today. A world gone Trump.

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Never-never Trumpland (1, 2), and commentary, also. Acceptance indicators (1, 2, 3, 4), and beyond (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). “Trump is playing this game at a higher level than most of his critics” (plus). The demographic dimension (plus). FP rumbles. The big picture (1, 2, 3). Running the numbers (1, 2). Top influencers (supposedly). Popcorn bonus (video).

Sanders’ people (1, 2).

News curation. ZH doxed.

The tide of awkward information. Wilfred Reilly and Jared Taylor debate diversity (video). Inter-racial friendships. Tackling the model minority stereotype (poorly). Ask an indiscriminate question …

Epigenetics over-reach. Time to talk? (Plus.) General fitness. Deep learning meets the genome. Biological insecurity. Neuroscience and volition. Super-males obstruct speciation. Unreconstructed nature.

Mundane robot security. Edgy IBM. Bitcoin mining in China. SpaceX is getting good at this (video).

ZH doomcore (1, 2).

Extra triple-popcorn bonus (1, 2, 3).

The most expensive object on Earth. Crusaders against Cthulhu. Hypatia.

May 8, 2016admin 50 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#112)

(open thread + links)

From the reality of virtue to virtual reality. “Perfect monarchy, then, tends toward market perfection.” Spiritual security. Against WN and 1488. Parable of the Raft. Path-finders. Neoreaction a Basilisk (a view from outside). Douthat article responses from Spandrell, Nydrwracu, Bateman — and Douthat. Darwinian overlords. Stop the tech-comms. The weekly round, plus outliers.

Sean Gabb on Jews (recalling). The left/ right divide, neoliberals, libertarians, and transhumanists. Dalrymple on decay. Against the arc. Stuck in cartoons. The calamity in the Vatican.

Rain is good.” Cash in the cross-hairs. Internet-thrashed publishing. Fixing stuff. Entrepreneurial earnings. The origin of slavery, and Silicon Valley feudalism.

Austria lurches right (1, 2) (meanwhile, in Hungary). Portugal teeters. Belgium looks on the bright side. Venezuelan death rattles (1, 2, 3). Iraq crumbles. Killer submarines. Inscrutable signals from China (plus, and comment). Undead history. Hang on to hegemony (despite the heartache).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). “… don’t be surprised if the election of Donald Trump turns out to be greatest coup in Zionism’s history” (wait, what?). The Left, hard times, and annoying celebrities play their part. Who, whom. Trump’s foreign policy (1, 2). Revivalism.

Popcorn catastrophe. Owned SJWs (video). Candace Owens bites back (1, 2, 3). Atheist privilege (and response), and, also. Hugo Hell-storm (also). Hatin‘ on Tyson. Holocaust meta-revisionism. Poe’s coup. Satanic rage.

Over the cliff. Magnetosphere collapse. Winter is coming. Hacker mayhem.

Human Varieties top ten. Delicate to a fault. Intelligence genomics update. Natural born killers. HBD on the Left. More mystic racism. Why is Westeros white?

Smashing the Standard Model. The cosmic web. Graphic solar system catalog. Feynman for free. Fertilization effect. Spark of life. Conservative concerns about gene editing. The hidden Antarctic.

Cybernetic supremacy. Chinese robots (1, 2). AI Angst. Faster. Bitcoin stuff (1, 2), military blockchains, and smart contracts. The Wikipedia oligarchy (see). Where to make trillions. Rocket pr0n (video).

Psychedelic weirdness. Solitary immersion. Super-myths. Cranked-up civets. Theo-cosmic meditations.

May 1, 2016admin 27 Comments »
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Quote note (#241)

Robert Kaplan has received some thoroughly-deserved derision recently, but this argument is at least thought-provoking:

… globalization and the communications revolution have reinforced, rather than negated, geopolitics. The world map is now smaller and more claustrophobic, so that territory is more ferociously contested, and every regional conflict interacts with every other as never before. A war in Syria is inextricable from a terrorist outrage in Europe, even as Russia’s intervention in Syria affects Europe’s and America’s policy toward Ukraine. This happens at a moment when, as I’ve said, multinational empires are gone, as are most totalitarian regimes in contrived states where official borders do not conform with ethnic and sectarian ones. The upshot is a maelstrom of national and subnational groups in violent competition. And so, geopolitics — the battle for space and power — now occurs within states as well as between them. Cultural and religious differences are particularly exacerbated: as group differences melt down in the crucible of globalization, they have to be reforged in a blunter and more ideological form. It isn’t the clash of civilizations so much as the clash of artificially reconstructed civilizations that is taking place. Witness the Islamic State, which does not represent Islam per se, but Islam combusting with the tyrannical conformity and mass hysteria of the Internet and social media. The postmodern reinvention of identities only hardens geopolitical divides.

His core thesis seems quite obviously correct: “We are entering an age of what I call comparative anarchy, that is, a much higher level of anarchy compared to that of the Cold War and post–Cold War periods.”

April 25, 2016admin 19 Comments »

Chaos Patch (#111)

(Open thread + links)

UR death squawk. Patched (delicately) into the NYT. Universalist error. Passivism pro and con, also indispensable (1, 2), and a grim reminder. Balkanization is hard. Echoes of Innsmouth, and Snowcrash. Cashless. Deep State signal. The black pill. Ever higher holiness. Horror (1, 2). The weekly round, plus outliers.

The Alt-Right at Vox (more here, and here). Creepy but fabulous.

China’s resilient Legalism. The South African slide (1, 2, 3). Those twentyeight pages. Submission. Badly oiled. A UN plague. Paris under auto-occupation. Midlife crisis in Singapore. Geopolitical switcheroo. Zbigniew Brzezinski’s world, and Dugin‘s.

Austrianism and civilization. Diasporic neocons and smug liberals. Jackson on the chopping block. Space commies. American monarchists and Texan secessionists. Squashing sanity. Cops on the leash. The human zoo. Concept creep. Hashed crypto-politics. The Islamophobia card (also). Mormon transhumanism. Satanic Revolution.

Inheritance reduces wealth inequality. Two monetary regimes. Hard landing.

Trumpenführer panic report (It’s baaack.) Trump and simulation (plus 1, 2). The Silicon Valley Frankenstein monster. Supportive voices (1, 2). Trumpism breeders. The don’t-put-your-hand-in-hornet-nests candidate.

Conservative media hackery. “Triggering is real.” Silicon Valley, academia and the sacred. Red-on-red. The digital branch.

Racial reality and its discontents. White death. Third world flood. Cuckoo extravagance of the week. Opinion in Israel. Ethnic cleansing in SF. Leftist racial lunacy watch (1, 2). Amerikan Jews (1, 2). Racial mysticism.

“When the cult dies, the culture dies and when the culture dies the civilization dies, and when the civilization dies the people die, and that’s what’s happening to western civilization.” Apocalypse cometh. Pulitzer-wreathed tectonic terror.

The trajectory of eugenics (plus 1, 2, 3). CRISPR crispened. Life history strategy theory (relevant). Serial killers re-profiled.

Loss of evidence. Crisis in climate science (1, 2).

History of AI players. AI crafting (also). Soft robots. Robots and racism. Fast flexible transistors. The coming VR wave. What will Bitcoin become? Individualism and smart machines (audio).

Fascist architect of the week. A mapped Mandelbrot set. Evolutionary skepticism. Scott Aaronson interviewed. Hot politics.

April 24, 2016admin 36 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#110)

(Open thread + links)

Tactical Freudianism. Passivism debate. Anti-formalism. Universality is death (plus). An unwelcome intervention. The Brotherhood. “The Age of Destruction must come and pass; the wheel must turn; it is unavoidable.” Democracy Shmemocracy. Hestia’s latest. The weekly round.

Alt-Right provokes conniptions (1, 2, 3), and a poem. Neoliberalism in question (1, 2, 3). The simple source of socialist failure (relevant). Ideology 101. The masochistic right. Jacobins are not conservatives. Culture war in cyberspace (and a cry from the cross-fire zone). Crypto-realism. Capital escapes.

‘Soft Coup‘ in Brazil? Debt crisis in Japan. US-Saudi friction (plus relevant rant, and reference). Basted Turkey. Right-wing Israelis.

The case for market money, and for penal colonies. Alphabet City.

NY Post endorses Trump. Facebook and Trump.

Abstraction and the Flynn Effect. Japanese biodiversity. Appalachia (1, 2). Lesbian eugenics. The blank slate crumbles. Criminal correlations. Out of autism. Martyrdom in the robes of science. Questions of sentience in cephalopods and machines.

Anti-memories. Primal fears. Biosemantics.

Primes and particles.

Sex and robots. Ontological secrets of Bitcoin. Synthetic time reversal.

Old books. Crypto-occultism. Philip Johnson’s fascism. Ruin of the humanities. Bogosity.

April 17, 2016admin 41 Comments »
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