Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Fish People

Since the opportunities for XS to agree (in advance) with PZ Myers don’t come along too regularly, it’s worth seizing upon those that do. For anyone who thinks cladistics are important, this point is worth strongly defending:

There are multiple meanings of “fish”. We can use it to refer to specific species or an extant category of animals: salmon are fish, halibut are fish, herring are fish. No one objects to that, and they all understand that if I said “humans are still salmon”, that would be wrong. […] But another way the term is used is as a descriptor for a clade. A taxonomic clade is a “grouping that includes a common ancestor and all the descendants (living and extinct) of that ancestor”. […] So, for instance, humans belong to the mammalian clade, which includes mice and cats and cows. If we have transhuman, part-cyborg descendants, they will still be mammals, because, note, by definition a clade must include all the descendants of an ancestor. We’re trapped! There’s no way our progeny can exit the clade!

In fact, it’s such a sound point, it’s worth generalizing.

July 6, 2016admin 17 Comments »

Chaos Patch (#118)

(Open thread + links)

The American experiment, conservative insight, and formalism. Confused conservatives. Church and State. Border security (an SF story). Ideological mechanics. Basics of balance. Wrecked names. Responses to the Cowen “neo-reaction” post by Nydwracu, Anti-Gnostic, and VD (with much resonance). The weekly round, plus outliers.

Buried crimes of the Left. Race on campus. The incoherence of Liberal Democracy. America is broken. Defenses of militant atheism, and of mutualism. Jihad denial. Thiel unleashed. Parenthetical remarks (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Alt-Right rhetoric. Evola and fascism.

Madness in France. Brexit panic spreads (1, 2, 3, 4). The Australian (immigration) model. Swiss still sensible. Venezuela still screwed. State of the jihad, pre-Orlando (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Islamic ruin in Bangladesh. Oh Canada. The Shenzhen model. Technological de-globalization. “… we are witnessing the end of one era of world history and the dawn of another.”

Trumpenführer panic report. Media fail (1, 2, 3). High-brow Trumpism (an epic troll?). The stupid party. Sad people.

Gawker fun. SV TV. Information suppression.

String-theory by elimination. Evolution of consciousness. Thoughts on the Fermi Paradox. Strange star. The geography of schizophrenia. EQ is BS.

21 Computer goes open-source. Google’s quantum ambitions. Radio disintermediation. An AI movie. China’s deep plans.

The Antikythera Mechanism. Lost cities of Cambodia. Hanson’s AOE book meta-reviews (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

June 14, 2016admin 23 Comments »
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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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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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Quote note (#253)

The cephalization great divergence:

One mystery of human evolution is why our cognition differs qualitatively from our closest evolutionary relatives. Here we show how natural selection for large brains may lead to premature newborns, which themselves require more intelligence to raise, and thus may select for even larger brains. As we show, these dynamics can be self-reinforcing and lead to runaway selection for extremely high intelligence and helpless newborns. We test a prediction of this account: the helplessness of a primate’s newborns should strongly predict their intelligence. We show that this is so and relate our account to theories of human uniqueness and the question of why human-level intelligence took so long to evolve in the history of life. (XS emphasis.)

Any model outputting the result emphasized has to be worth taking seriously. Abstracting it to a degree that permits emulation is more of a problem, but it’s also the only thing worth aiming for.

May 28, 2016admin 37 Comments »

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 (#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 (#239)

‘Monkey business’ is not even remotely metaphorical:

Punishment of non-cooperators is important for the maintenance of large-scale cooperation in humans, but relatively little is known about the relationship between punishment and cooperation across phylogeny. The current study examined second-party punishment behavior in a nonhuman primate species known for its cooperative tendencies — the brown capuchin monkey (Cebus apella). We found that capuchins consistently punished a conspecific partner who gained possession of a food resource, regardless of whether the unequal distribution of this resource was intentional on the part of the partner. A non-social comparison confirmed that punishment behavior was not due to frustration, nor did punishment stem from increased emotional arousal. Instead, punishment behavior in capuchins appears to be decidedly social in nature, as monkeys only pursued punitive actions when such actions directly decreased the welfare of a recently endowed conspecific. This pattern of results is consistent with two features central to human cooperation: spite and inequity aversion, suggesting that the evolutionary origins of some human-like punitive tendencies may extend even deeper than previously thought.

The abstract to this paper, cited by Tyler Cowen in its entirety.

With leftism dug-in so deeply, monkey torture is unfortunately mandatory if intelligence is to escape. The howling will be hideous.

(Also worth emphatic note: “Spiteful inequity aversion” is as exact a definition of leftism as we’re ever going to get.)

April 18, 2016admin 27 Comments »

Chaos Patch (#109)

(Open thread + links (with some post-holiday backlog clearance))

Natalism is hard. Contradictions of right-wing activism (relevant). Inequality. Tribal competition. Civilization is brittle. Recent attention on the Alt-Right (viz 1, 2, 3), plus pushback. NRx and Akhenaton (perhaps, plus). “Political discourse is fundamentally shot.” Moldbug at Amazon. The weekly round.

Caeseropapism, sacred rites, and wishcasting. A pwned pope (plus).

Capitalism and intelligence (1, 2, 3). Owned markets. The Thing that cannot be named. “… our current ‘capitalism‘ is far from being capitalistic …” Capital under populist pressure (also). Business as magic. The new astrologers. Legal slavery. Commodity crunch. Brexit and the city.

The Indo-Pak trigger-zone. Syria in ruins. Tet in Europe. US proxy civil war watch. Imprisonment and Islam in France. Integration is provocative. The Dutch referendum. Cover-up uncovered. Lights out in Venezuela. “Print technology, the first mass media, facilitated the formation of nations, and the Internet is now undermining nationalism.” Fueling the flames. Feel the Bern.

Ethnogenesis. Jonathan Haidt interviewed by Tyler Cowen. Polarization. Collective punishment. Minority report. Socialist Neocam (for Canadians). Like the fall of the Roman Empire, but worse. Googleplex. Altruism addicts. The bubble test. Borders are bad (relevant).

Trump and his fans have broken the Overton window, and there is no going back.” Trump unbound. Accelerationists for Trump? Meme-war. Call of the wild.

Henry Harpending RIP (1, 2, 3). Cognitive mismatch (plus 1, 2). Another Thing that cannot be named. Noticing is still bad. Regression to the mean. Dark Darwinism. CRISPR cometh. Molecular synthesis. A programming language for cells. Hypercycles.

Don’t disrespect Uranus. Planet Nine is over-rated. More black holes. Level-1 multiverses (+). Simulation quandaries (+).

Computational mathematics. Urbit’s difficult road. The arms locker. Wirehead 1.0. Whisper systems. Malware media.

On Cyberpunk. John Dee and imperial myth. Medieval machine-books.

April 10, 2016admin 48 Comments »
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