Chaos Patch (#37)

(Open thread, links …)

It has been difficult to keep up with Henry Dampier recently, on feminist predictions, discount slaves, incoherent elites, brittanus americanus, globalization and war … and more, and more, and more (plus some genuinely useful advice). This blog is not among those immediately assuming the explanation lies in methamphetamine. Category theorizing. Yuray is digging up some authoritative support for the restoration of Latin. Metafragmentation. Hawk politics. No enemies to the left. Greetings! Unity (I don’t get it) — this seems to be related. The basic dissymmetry. Reliable nets.

Paleao-reaction goes mainstream.

Casual Marxism. Curricular Satanism. General Gruberism.

Malthusian mechanics (in pre-industrial England). Escaping the Malthusian trap. Evolution of culture, chain-letters, dark nets, and the (ancient) Egyptian state. Predation games. Killer apes. Genetic ontology. Shrinking brains. Social media hooks. Hmmmm.

Amerika on The Peripheral. Troll points. Auto-cannibalization watch (1, 2, 3). Sound convictions.

British decay in context. East Asia does it better, Japan notably excepted. Hold the fix. Peak delusions. McCloskey on Piketty.

Uses of racism. Race in your face. Villains of Ferguson. Last gasps. Amnesty and disillusionment.

Weekly golden oldies.

November 23, 2014admin 37 Comments »

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37 Responses to this entry

  • Handle Says:

    What, no Smith-contra-Hanson fiasco link?


    admin Reply:

    Indirectly filed under ‘auto-cannibalization’.


    VXXC Reply:

    Here’s a Fiasco Dear Sir Handle..O/T other than Chaos patches.

    ORDBAT CONUS. It’s just a Job now.


    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mark Warburton Says:

    Got some book recommendations.

    Ed West has re-issued his ‘Diversity Illusion’ book. It’s great. He draws upon Haidt, the perils of universalism, status-seeking etc. Damning really.

    A new intellectual biography on Carl Schmitt. Detailed and comprehensive.


    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Ed West link for Murica dwellers:


    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply | Quote
  • scientism Says:

    Here’s some optimism on Britain:

    “Britain may turn into Europe’s most politically unpredictable country”


    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 at 3:33 pm Reply | Quote
  • Chaos Patch (#37) | Reaction Times Says:

    […] Source: Outside In […]

    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 at 7:02 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    Nick … with respect to the new Japan links here … What would you need to see to move the needle for you with respect to the view that QE = doom/destruction/chaos/hyperinflation/despair in Japan? What would be your benchmark to convince you Abe/Kuroda are taking the right course?

    (This isn’t to say a bitcoin type currency couldn’t ultimately displace fiat systems. That seems like a different debate.)

    Down the road I think the larger issue is going to be demographics. When Oculus Rift gets porn-able (2 years?) and these evolving Japanese robo-sex dolls get to mass market stage (5-10 years?), it’s going to be game over for Japanese fertility. I know a broker who has a bunch of his clients in Facebook specifically on the thesis that Oculus Rift is gonna explode due its pornworthiness (and Facebook owns Oculus Rift).


    admin Reply:

    “What would be your benchmark to convince you Abe/Kuroda are taking the right course?” — Let me take some time to think about that. It would require such a fundamental revision of everything I think, it’s difficult to imagine what such a new conviction would involve. It’s like asking: What would it take to get you to submit to Allah?

    I realize it’s a tech-comm thing, but from my PoV, inflation pretty much defines intrinsic evil.


    blogospheroid Reply:

    Inflation defined as prices level rising or money printing?


    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 at 10:14 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mark Yuray Says:

    I think the most important thought I’ve formed on the subject of restoring Latin is simply that knowledge of Latin and Latin literature forces one to viscerally understand a period of time in Western civilization from (at least) 700BC to 1800AD. 2500 years of the West. To the speaker of Latin, the great tomes of history become as relevant as the news of the day. To him the past which seems so distant and foreign to us becomes a living reality. When one speaks only English, and that so badly that Shakespeare is a chore (see: vast majority of English speakers), one’s mental horizon is narrowed to a century, if even that. Is it too much to think there is an effect on time-preference?

    One who can read Cicero as if it were one’s father who wrote it will surely be a greater bearer of civilization than one who cannot read Cicero, and reads Shakespeare as a babbling foreigner.

    I suppose one could argue that it is unnecessary to learn the language itself, but only to read the history. I am suspicious of this view. How else would you know the original history if not by learning the language? Second-hand accounts are never ideal. There is also much to be said about the impact of reading history from first-hand accounts compared to second-hand. Those are detached and abstract already, without the further separation of language and translation. Why not try to get closer to the source and to the truth? Language also often has an emotional impact that cannot be translated. I have often tried to faithfully translate European folk songs into English, but their effect is never remotely the same. This emotional impact, in the case of the vast repositories of poetry and literature of the past, is often far more important than the intellectual one. If you can’t sense the most important part of the communication, what are you really understanding?


    Izak Reply:

    It’s also difficult to learn for any modern language speaker with little inflection in his language… and difficulty is a good thing in itself.

    Globalization did something interesting: it relieved people of the need to have any discipline at all so long as they live in luxuriant first-world countries. What should have happened was: in the 60s or 70s, the schools would say, “OK, now we’re concerned with world history rather than just Western history, so you have a choice: you can learn Latin, Sanskrit, or Early Mandarin. Now you can each present a part of the world to each other.” But instead they wound up saying, “We’re globalized, so you can be as ignorant as you want, yippieeeee!”

    If I recall correctly, Ananda Coomaraswamy made this exact point in a broader polemic about how literacy itself is used as a form of colonial oppression, or something like that.


    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 pm Reply | Quote
  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Regarding jim’s “peak oil” production profile:

    Total Liquids Supply != Conventional Crude

    Some additional food for thought:

    Any idea how much proppant it takes to frac the average non-conventional* long-reach horizontal well? A shitload. How about water? A Shitload. Hence, at what point will Liebig’s Law of the Minimum constrain non-conventional production?

    *non-conventional oil/gas plays are to oil & gas exploration as porphyry deposits/plays are to mineral exploration—they’re both further down on the resource-pyramid. liquids accompany non-conventional tight oil/gas plays and is what makes them attractive.


    Posted on November 24th, 2014 at 1:23 am Reply | Quote
  • Haki Motokono Says:

    Wondering if you have any recommendations for fact-heavy books, preferably written by well-regarded experts in the relevant fields, on HBD, race, and so on. I understand you seem to have been convinced of HBD, but what particular papers or other literature urged you towards that?


    admin Reply:

    Since the main opposition is a preposterous lie, there are thousands of convincing ways in. Maybe start with this?


    Haki Motokono Reply:

    I always enjoy your hyperbolic writings (a compliment, for me at least) and indeed agree with and have read up on a lot of what people now call HBD. But I am interested in what the process of getting into it was for you. What have you read about the topics in general, whether it agrees with HBD or not, and how did you eventually (and when) arrive at agreeing with, what is now called, HBD?



    Haki Motokono Reply:

    Oh, and yes, I’ve read Mainstream Science on Intelligence, a classic for the hereditarians, but to be sure, for how excellent it is, caveat remains that it’s bit too old. But did you start with that?


    admin Reply:

    I can’t remember ever not finding basic Darwinian hereditarianism obviously correct. The only significant line-crossing point is the one at which one ceases evading the awkward implications. Probably Moldbug was decisive in making silent compliance with reigning dishonesties seem too contemptible to persist with. (In other words, it’s not about conversion, it’s about “coming out”.)

    Alrenous Reply:

    I still like the logical derivation.

    Mutation is random. Different bloodlines will drift in random directions. The only way dispersed populations could have remained the same is if something forced them to. No such force exists.

    However, logic’s soundness is nonlinear; it is sensitive to small errors. (I have a similar one for global warming that’s wrong.) Let’s check.
    Skin colour shows recent evolution has occurred. Phenotypes are too interconnected for only skin colour to evolve. Hence; recent, copious, regional.


    Posted on November 24th, 2014 at 5:50 am Reply | Quote
  • Haki Motokono Says:

    So when did you decide that it was “obviously correct,” something you read, heard etc? Whether you ever had agreement with “reigning dishonesties” or not.


    admin Reply:

    Originally. Primary school. There’s no ‘before’ on this one for me. Darwinism is probably the first thing I ever believed. Everything else has always seemed absurd in comparison.


    Haki Motokono Reply:

    What exactly do you mean by “Darwinism” here, because the term is scientifically heterogeneous. I am just referring here to “HBD” and connected fields like evo psych / sociobiology, hereditarian psychometrics, and so on.


    admin Reply:

    Once you accept that all life-forms are shaped, down to their most minute details, by the operations of natural selection — then everything else follows in strict consequence (including, certainly, the specifics you list).

    Steve Johnson Reply:

    The idea is broader than biological organisms.

    Haki Motokono Reply:

    How much have you read about the topics of Race, Intelligence, evolutionary psychology? Not blogs or books published for lay audiences (although exceptions can be made for the latter, sometimes for the former as well.)

    admin Reply:

    Over how long? In any case, this discourse is anchored in scientific papers. Books are generally already at a second-remove.

    admin Reply:

    @ Steve Johnson — Yes.

    H. Motokono Reply:

    As far back as is possible. It’s okay if dated papers are referred to if they were relevant in their times.


    admin Reply:

    Assuming you’re not going to be paying me for this, I’m losing track of the incentive structure. If you want to talk about HBD, that’s fine. If you want to talk about the history of my engagement with HBD, it’s by definition of zero educational value to me. I’ve got other stuff to do. (Not meaning to be snippy, but that’s — what? — an hour of work maybe. Considerably more if I take the task seriously. Give me a break!)

    Erebus Reply:

    @ “Haki Motokono” —
    Have fun trawling through this:

    …Which is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are other terms one could search for, and other databases to search.

    On the whole, people of different racial backgrounds will metabolize certain drugs differently (for example see PMID: 24369795), will likely respond differently to exercise (PMID: 24569362), will be more or less prone to misuse drugs (PMID: 25344348), and so forth. Some studies, rare ones, will sometimes look at intelligence. (PMC4120939)

    Those examples are merely the first which came to hand – all of them, with the exception of the last one, were published within the past several months – and there’ll be much more reading material for you as you work your way down those search results.

    Haki Motokono Reply:


    If you can answer my question in the most succint way, as your schedule allows, I can promise discussion on matters of HBD in the future, so perhaps there is much to learn. I don’t even understand why it would take you that long anyway, I am only asking for a short recanting anyhow.


    That is irrelevant and helpful; of course there are plenty of papers out there on race, but few go into the sorts of racial causation that we HBDers look at, and many papers out there disagree with us or are otherwise irrelevant to HBD, and shouldn’t be brought up in discussion. We ought to simply discuss HBD sources.

    Erebus Reply:

    @Haki Motokono-

    “We ought to simply discuss HBD sources.”

    Define “HBD source”. If possible, please provide an example. Also, did you check the individual papers I mentioned?

    Haki Motokono Reply:

    I checked all the papers you mentioned, and all are irrelevant, I refuse to discuss them further since they simply distract from a fruitful discussion of HBD.

    Erebus Reply:

    Enlighten me, then. What would constitute a relevant study? Surely you must have some examples.

    Haki Motokono Reply:

    Wouldn’t be relevant to this discussion.

    Erebus Reply:

    Cowardly evasion.

    Posted on November 24th, 2014 at 6:59 am Reply | Quote
  • baka Says:

    hilarious piece of advice to a writer about games

    interesting video Game Theory: Video Games Predict YOUR FUTURE!


    Posted on November 24th, 2014 at 10:30 am Reply | Quote

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