How do Works of Art get Overrated?

I have noticed that people talk about overrated things like the overratedness occurred due to an astrological coincidence. Take these examples of reddit comments replying to a thread asking about overrated anime as an example: To be fair to the last comment, they were at least willing to ask themselves why people like it, so … Continue reading How do Works of Art get Overrated?

Taking and Rating Political Tests

note: auth vs lib will be inconsistent for me because it will depend on the questions they ask. I lean left on sex/general autonomy/prostitution/religion, right on lgbt/divorce/gendershit. I have a nationalist worldview, but don't feel patriotic, so questions aimed at asking about personal patriotism will fail. List: Political Compass Test - 4/10 IDRLABS - 6/10 … Continue reading Taking and Rating Political Tests

Intelligence is not Pareto Distributed

Windsor Swan has argued on his substack that intelligence is pareto distributed, not normally distributed. If this was the case, the IQ distribution would be converted to this scale: I think this is intuitively ridiculous, though I have statistical and theoretical evidence to support why I think intelligence is close to normally distribution Theoretical Evidence … Continue reading Intelligence is not Pareto Distributed

Idea on how Power Should be Analyzed

(potential schizopost incoming) billionairesacademiaCIAlib mediabillionaires10.150.050.4academia0.110.20.5CIA0.150.1510.25lib media0.20.350.151nxn influence matrix On the row the influence an institution has over other institutions is outlined. As a result, you can also observe the dependencies an institution has. For example, billionaires have an influence of 0.15 over academia, and lib media has an influence of 0.2 over the police. Minimum … Continue reading Idea on how Power Should be Analyzed

On Ideology

Ideology is to me a set of beliefs that happen to cluster together which can be formally recognized or not. I think these are due to certain core beliefs which determine the rest of the beliefs. Let me offer a few examples to illustrate this. Libertarianism "Liberty is of upmost importance" With only this phrase … Continue reading On Ideology

Attempt to Forecast When IPV6 hits 50%

scraped data here: https://archive.org/details/ipv6forecastingdata my code (hw3 takes like 10 minutes): https://archive.org/details/mycodelol TL;DR There is a question on metaculus where people are forecasting when IPv6 is going to hit 50% of traffic, and I am going to try to answer it. Key findings: -Forecasting the last 1021 days with the first 4000 days with Holt-Winters … Continue reading Attempt to Forecast When IPV6 hits 50%

The Libertarianism to Dissident Right Pipeline

"Fascism" is just another convenient category where you lump right-wingers who oppose liberal democracy with rabid kooks and ultranationalists, and it's always best to avoid using the language of your enemy. Back to the main topic - those who have followed online spaces should know that the libertarianism->DR pipeline exists. Richard Spencer, Eric Striker, Molyneux, … Continue reading The Libertarianism to Dissident Right Pipeline

Cognitive Ability and Political Views

ideological vocabulary here is American (e.g. fiscal conservatism - less regulation and spending)haven't seen good data outside the western world, so the conclusion is western-specific Summary The correlation between IQ and self-reported general conservatism is negative, and libertarian beliefs are positively associated with IQ. The latter relationship is robust after controlling for confounders, and there … Continue reading Cognitive Ability and Political Views

Documenting Monkeypox

NEW SPREADSHEET: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CEBhao3rMe-qtCbAgJTn5ZKQMRFWeAeaiXFpBY3gbHE/edit#gid=0 Start of the Pandemic According to the Wikipedia article, the British resident who first got it in late April was infected with the West African version of the disease, which is less fatal (~1%). Contact tracing by WHO was conducted, and nobody linked to this man had the disease [1]. Contact tracing … Continue reading Documenting Monkeypox

The Economist’s Case for Reaction: is Democracy Good for Growth?

Anglo Reaction

“More political rights do not have an effect on growth… The first lesson is that democracy is not the key to economic growth” - Robert J. Barro

“I’m a monarchist because we don’t have to live like this.” – Curtis Yarvin

This blog post is lengthy and divided into three sections, so feel free to skip to whatever interests you. The introduction summarises the recent history of anti-democratic thought on the Right and why we should empirically analyse the success of democracy. In the second section, ‘Democracy and Economic Growth’, I perform a short review of the economic literature on whether or not democracy improves economic growth. In the third section, ‘Reaction and the Problem of Variance’, I look at why dictatorships are more varied in their growth rates and whether or not this is a reason to prefer democracy.

Introduction

Away from academia and mainstream media, on the…

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