Chaos Patch (#44)

(Open thread + linkiness.) Still in catch-up mode here at XS, so raggedness still reigns.

NRx under thoughtful investigation at the Catalyst Club. Re-visiting the Trichotomy. Christianity and degeneration. Notes on religion. Gnonological meditations (1, 2). Bryce’s new blog. The original mitrailleuse. “Yes, they are offering pig blood to a statue of Mao.” A new NRx aggregrator (and blog).

Jihad in Paris dominates the news-cycle. Some NRx-ish commentary from the Legionnaire, NIO, Laurel, Milton, Yuray, and Steves. In any case, this isn’t working. Liberal anguish (with an unexpectedly hard edge). Additional diverse commentary from Peter Frost, Gregory Hood, Sean Gabb, Ed West, Juan Cole, Slavoj Žižek. The Houellebecq connection. John Robb on the 4GW urban combat space (from 2007), with a Dampier update. Meanwhile, in Nigeria. Religious rifting in the CAR and Pakistan.

Consciousness sweeps. The Deep City. Golden ages. Blogs as the new letters (but why not pamphlets?). Richard Fernandez ponders the Great Filter. Templex thoughts from Charlton. Geno-politics.

SpaceX on the crunchy frontier.

Reforming Austrian economics.

An HBD research prospectus.

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  • Chaos Patch (#44) | Neoreactive Says:

    […] Chaos Patch (#44) […]

    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 8:23 am Reply | Quote
  • Amon Khan Says:

    You have to admit that the 1000 public lashes being given to the Saudi blogger for “adopting liberal thought” has its appeal. As Colonel Kurz put it, “If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly.”


    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 9:57 am Reply | Quote
  • The Electric Philosopher Says:

    It’s good to see Žižek self plagiarising himself by making the exact, admittedly, probably largely correct, comment he always makes about Islamism. (Slavoj, I tease because I love…)

    He’s an odd one, Žižek, he appeals both to the left and right sides of my soul simultaneously.


    admin Reply:

    To make a career out of self-parody is a very special thing.


    Rasputin Reply:

    It’s certainly nothing to sniff at:


    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 10:26 am Reply | Quote
  • Chaos Patch (#44) | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 12:43 pm Reply | Quote
  • John Says:

    From the Zizek article:

    “In contrast to true fundamentalists, the terrorist pseudo-fundamentalists are deeply bothered, intrigued, fascinated, by the sinful life of the non-believers. One can feel that, in fighting the sinful other, they are fighting their own temptation.”

    Progressive and islamic zealots are a bizarro mirror of each other, subconsciously working in concert. What else could explain the dynamics of that relationship?

    Islamic attacks empower Cathedral and deep state, whose reaction empowers/creates jihadis. The Cathedral will bomb islamic civilians in their homelands, yet remains fixated on immigration policies that guarantee increased attacks. Plus, the taboo against criticizing Islam among the PC left. A remarkably similar dynamic is at play with American blacks.

    The Cathedral is out-sourcing its dirty work to jihadi’s and blacks. The muslims and blacks beat, murder, rape, and intimidate whitey into submission while the Cathedral decimates his spirit, endlessly repeating that the true evil is his inner racist.


    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 2:10 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    This thing, the Omnidirectional treadmill with Oculus Rift VR goggles, strikes me as the killer app for all human civilization.

    The combo of treadmill + VR — when combined with movie-quality graphics (we’re not there yet) — seems likely to empty the streets. The result would be a massive crisis of capitalism (not to mention demographics). No one would leave their homes. The only corporate survivor would be FedEx, shipping packages to people’s houses, where they stayed, 24/7, living inside their mobile virtual worlds.

    Young guys would live 10 to a house, working 10 hours a week to pay for bare essentials, spending the rest of their time in their treadmill/VR stations. The initial draw is always shoot em up games, but from there it can go anywhere. When high-quality AI “friends” are developed, people will have all the human companionship they desire within their VR worlds. How far away can AI friends + movie quality graphics really be? Ten years?

    Already in Japan most young people would rather date an anime doll than a real woman, so there will be no shortage of early adopters for this stuff …


    Lord Auch Reply:

    I hadn’t heard of this Fernandez until you started linking to him here. A good find a guy like that working out of a mainstream right wing outfit.


    admin Reply:

    A Great Filter candidate, for sure: “So what could the Great Filter be? There are lots of ideas. Maybe all civilizations discover the most horrible of weapons and eventually destroy themselves. They could develop virtual reality technology and choose to spend their future in a simulated reality. …”


    R. Reply:

    >>They could develop virtual reality technology and choose to spend their future in a simulated reality. …”<<

    There'd still be a couple of nuts who'd love to escape. After all, very few people walked out of Africa..


    Aeroguy Reply:

    Oculus rift + walking is great but you’re making it sound like it comes with a 10/10 hotness sexbot that feels better than the real thing with a turing test passable customizable waifu AI personality. It replaces 1st person shooters, some RPG games, and basically time spent gaming. If you pair it with remote robots it can enable virtual vacations (potentially complete with green screen like selfie picture technology). But corporations still haven’t got on board with telecommuting and how are guys going to jack off let alone bring a lady friend over if they’re living 10 men to a room. If VR meant virtual sex that feels as good or better than the real thing, then you’ll have a point, but they are a long way off from that.

    This is a market where people still suffer as console plebs because they supposedly can’t afford to be PC master race. This is an awesome toy that will be enjoyed by a select market but it doesn’t involve productivity (until corporations enable telecommuting) or sex so killer app it is not.


    Kgaard Reply:

    Yeah good points. Still I can’t escape the idea that more and more of human experience is gonna be in virtual reality. I mean … look how much time we spend hunched over computer screens and staring at televisions, and those actions aren’t half as compelling as VR should prove to be — especially when combined with AI …


    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 2:48 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    Good to see society getting the shock it deserves. As usual in an empty time, there are not really any good guys in public because difficult truths get filtered long before they reach the herd. At the same time, seeing the lie decay is the first step to any truth.


    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 3:58 pm Reply | Quote
  • John Hannon Says:

    Thanks for the Sarah Perry link – some interesting thoughts there, especially concerning “Hiving and Rhythmic Entrainment” (sounds like a top night out).

    “The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is our enemy and must be stopped with rhythmic rituals.”

    T-shirt slogan perhaps?


    Posted on January 11th, 2015 at 5:00 pm Reply | Quote
  • Aeroguy Says:

    I thought this was interesting


    Hurlock Reply:

    The masses are revolting.


    Posted on January 12th, 2015 at 10:18 am Reply | Quote
  • Kgaard Says:

    Here’s another theme that strikes me as related to the virtual-reality theme in various ways: the revival of hallucinogenics, this time as a healing aid. Ancient civilizations were all very focused on alternative modes of perceiving reality. That’s why both the Jewish yarmulke and the pope’s beanie cap both look like mushrooms — they ARE symbolic mushrooms.

    There is also a newer, non-drug way to achieve the same hallucinatory effects of acid and shrooms: Holotropic Breathing.

    What this all has in common with VR is that both are non-resource-intensive ways of existing in the world and achieving the sorts of high-consciousness states that Madison Avenue has been promising can be achieved only by buying stuff. Drugs get outlawed as soon as they demonstrate spiritual properties, because that’s a threat to capitalism. But they haven’t figured out how to outlaw virtual reality or Holotropic Breathing.


    Posted on January 12th, 2015 at 4:39 pm Reply | Quote
  • Mark Warburton Says:

    Hi Nick,

    Just to say I saw Universal’s press screening of Ex-Machina – it’s better than Her, Transcendence or any other recent film on AI. It sticks to the mind games and the Turing Test, never over reaching its grasp. I’ll link my review once it’s up.

    Oh – and this book might interest yourself and Chris B?


    Posted on January 13th, 2015 at 2:07 pm Reply | Quote
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