Chaos Patch (#75)

(Open thread + links)

More on AnCap (referencing). Dictatorship and democracy. The future belongs to whoever shows up. Ironizing idiocracy. Waking up late (also, and). Degraded consequentialism. Chan island. Damn Yankees. Israel obsession. Occult thoughts, and ritual observations. Postage-stamp format Moldbug. An NRx reading list. Alt-right profiled (relevant). The weekly round.

Global economic chaos.

Culture wars in SF, the academy (viz), and Canada. Cuckoo droppings from the SPLC, NYT, with comment from SoBL, and a howl direct from the progressive id.

Why intellectuals hate capitalism. De Soto on Piketty.

Bitcoin lucidly explained (also notable 1, 2).

Delegitimation deepens. Urban polarization. Is a political crack-up coming? Euthanize the GOP.

Nightmare kids (really?).

The source of Europe’s refugee crisis. Black poverty is different. Death by altruism. The (crazed) case for rage. Far gone.

SA follows a Moldbug reading recommendation (SSC has been on a roll 1, 2, 3). Sarah Perry talks egregores (audio). Timing the end of humanity. The stimulus of mass extinction. Probability doesn’t get to causality (video). Guilt and the bomb (see also). The oil man.

Calibrating the Kali Yuga.

Varieties of multiverse. Octopus genome sequenced. The provocation of Crispr. Sexed brains.

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  • Chaos Patch (#75) | Neoreactive Says:

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    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 11:40 am Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    What a great list! Thank you for the generous links, and as always, the best Sunday morning reading (with Ruta Maya coffee and Dark Burley in the pipe).


    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 1:59 pm Reply | Quote
  • Chaos Patch (#75) | Reaction Times Says:

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    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 3:13 pm Reply | Quote
  • RorschachRomanov Says:

    Thank you Mr. Land- this Chaos Patch is particularly brimming with interesting, compelling material. Also, I just attended a two hour presentation on ‘Albion’s Seed’ I’ll be doing a video on- shameless self advertising- of you’re not subbed to my YouTube channel, that constitutes a crime against humanity.

    Non-subs will be executed when the Romanov sov-corp rises to power.


    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 5:28 pm Reply | Quote
  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Admin–thanks for this it cheered me up.

    “vigilante violence, which has been routinely perpetrated by white men against people of color and left wing radicals fighting oppression over the past two centuries.”

    “….and left wing radicals…”.

    Yes Salon – You.

    Why would Salon think duplicating Weimar in an Anglo-Saxon and traditional, still warlike country wouldn’t lead to the same follow on outcome?


    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 5:56 pm Reply | Quote
  • Barnabas Says:

    What book would would the host or commentariat recommend as the definitive history of the Russian Revolution? Please pardon the off-topic request. Thanks.


    SVErshov Reply:

    Peter Kropotkin was one of few, who retained some sanity during Russian revolution, his prognosis was very accurate too

    “At the present moment the Russian revolution is in the following position. It is perpetrating horrors. It is ruining the whole country. In its mad fury it is annihilating human lives. That is why it is a revolution and not a peaceful progress, because it is destroying without regarding what it destroys and whither it goes.

    And we are powerless for the present to direct it into another channel, until such time as it will have played itself out. It must wear itself out.

    And then? Then – inevitably will come a reaction. Such is the law of history, and it is easy to understand why this cannot be otherwise. People imagine that we can change the form of development of a revolution. That is a childish illusion.”


    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 7:48 pm Reply | Quote
  • Erebus Says:

    More on Crispr… The Crispr-derived “gene-drive” is fascinating, with very broad potential applications.

    A detailed overview: (There’s also an interesting Pinker interview at this blog.)
    The paper itself:

    Thanks to the rapid developments which have taken place over the past few years, ethicists and regulatory agencies are now miles behind the cutting edge of biology. They may never catch up.


    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 8:13 pm Reply | Quote
  • Different T Says:

    Latest episode of Bill Maher has Maher giving a probably inadvertent nod to Plato’s conception of democracy leading to tyranny.

    Says something along the lines of “Everyone’s been saying Trump will fail in away because they are evangelical and he is loudly not, yet they know they are full of shit and desperately want someone to lead them.”


    Kgaard Reply:

    I just heard Trump doing a press conference in Iowa and … damn … this cat is sharp. Fantastic stump speaker and question-taker. Some of his big-picture positions may be conceptually flawed but if you are looking for somebody who walks talks and thinks like a leader — and who really is no worse ideologically than the guys he’s running against — Trump is a reasonable choice.

    The question is what differentiates Trump from historical blowhards like Huey Long or William Jennings Bryan. That’s a key issue to cogitate on. I suspect there are important differences — ways in which Trump is better — but I’d have to think on it.


    Different T Reply:

    “The question is what differentiates Trump from historical blowhards like Huey Long or William Jennings Bryan. That’s a key issue to cogitate on. I suspect there are important differences — ways in which Trump is better — but I’d have to think on it.”

    No, there really is not a reason to “think on it.”

    But do your best………………


    Different T Reply:

    To avoid the obfuscation charge…

    Dumb shit is dumb shit.


    Kgaard Reply:

    Different T what are you even saying? Make a point and I can respond. As it stands what you said makes no sense. Who are you calling a dumb shit here?

    Different T Reply:


    Dumb shit refers to the spectacle of democratic politicking, especially electioning.

    To be specific, what differentiates Trump from the others doesn’t differentiate him from the usual democratic politicking, by definition.

    Trump just said he wants to effectively eliminate 5-10% of consumers, (and likely a disproportionately higher number of) home purchasers/renters, and students-to-be from the American market in the face of slowing global demand. Are you taking this seriously?

    Kgaard Reply:

    @Different T

    Okay that’s more like it. So you are skeptical of Trump. I am too. I kind of like his vibe and his way of handling the media. But it’s political philosophy 101 than when democracies age and degenerate the people start clamoring for a Strong Man to come in and Save Us All. From that perspective it is kind of revolting to see the alt-right throw itself of the feet of this guy.

    That said, you do have to respect him for what he has achieved tactically. Absolutely brilliant on several levels. So I give him that.

    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply | Quote
  • Different T Says:

    @Different T

    “away” should read “Iowa”


    Posted on August 16th, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Sarah Perry talks egregores (audio).
    very interesting talk, a lot of things to process, for someone who is still fresh to this staff like me. But once it comes to bitcoins she quickly ended her carer becoming credible bitcoin ideologist. She talk about “bitcoins fork” which is “going on right now”, as some selfish miners trying to jump on blocks. In fact it has nothing to do with “selfish miners” and related to problems of scalability of bitcoin network.
    bye bye Sarah 🙁


    Posted on August 17th, 2015 at 1:17 pm Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    Octopus genome sequenced

    full article is for free in nature

    one of most important question in this research was previously hypothesised that octopus evolution have been based on whole-genome duplication as it happens in vertebrae. Answer is – “we found no evidence for it.”

    “Based primarily on chromosome number, several researchers proposed that whole-genome duplications were important in the evolution of the cephalopod body plan, paralleling the role ascribed to the independent whole-genome duplication events that occurred early in vertebrate evolution. Although this is an attractive framework for both gene family expansion and increased regulatory complexity across multiple genes, we found no evidence for it.”

    Interesting event in octopus evolution, as well of other coleoids (i.e. squids, cuttlefish and octopods), called shell internalisation in the late Palaeozoic period.

    “This shell intenalisation appears to be a unique evolutionary event. In contrast, the loss of a mineralized shell has occurred several times in distinct coleoid lineages. The general tendency of shell reduction reflects a trend towards active modes of life and much more complex behavior. ” Cephalopod origin and evolution” – Björn Kröger

    They were so persistent in desire to lose that shell, so it happens few times during their evolution. Perhaps it would be possible to say that octopus evolution was curiosity driven.

    It is also believed, that octopus exhibit curiosity and even distinct personalities. Quite possible, because it was discovered that octopus possess 5-HT (5-hydroxytryptamine) receptors, that means they can be happy and unhappy and have trip on LSD, which is agonist for large number of 5-HT family receptors. In my parts I can get octopus pet quite easily.


    Posted on August 17th, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply | Quote
  • Alrenous Says:

    If Tim Urban’s logic is real, it is self-refuting.

    The internal combustion engine (ICE) is old, and thus we should have had a revolution and be doing something new. It’s even older than electric.

    But electric is now old too. Nuclear is much better – the post-Pluto probe is powered by a nuclear battery and is expected to outlive our ability to hear it. So there’s that.

    Of course this immediately shows why cars have not advanced: duh, it’s illegal. It’s not that nuclear batteries can’t be made safe. (Might be a power density issue, but that should be solvable.) It’s that nuclear is scary and icky.

    But nuclear is a bit old too, now. Lithium batteries, for example, are newer than nuclear batteries. We probably should be using something totally out of left field.

    Or Urban is just wrong for some reason. That’s also a possibility. Either way, he’s is incorrect.

    That is, he’s worse than racist. He’s worse than Nazi. He’s worse than KKK or Muslim. He’s incorrect. What a loser.

    Urban claims the electric has an uphill battle – it’s optimized ICE vs. unoptimized electric. He further claims there’s been no car evolution because there’s no pressure, due to startup costs. I claim we should have seen some radical redesign of the ICE, at least. It shouldn’t be cylinders that Ford would recognize. There’s e.g. the .

    But the thing is, if unoptimized lithium and post-lithium electric car is worse than optimized ICE, it isn’t that much better even after the optimization. In fact, I’ve been seeing pressure to make electric all my life, contra Urban.

    It is likely the rotary isn’t being adopted much for the same reason electric is rare, whatever that is. Never seen a satisfactory explanation, but there has to be a good one – Gnon clearly favours standard ICE for some reason.


    Posted on August 20th, 2015 at 5:35 pm Reply | Quote

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