If I ruled the world: Steven Pinker | Prospect Magazine

My first edict as global overlord would be to impose the following rule on pundits: No one may bemoan a decay, decline, or degeneration without providing (1) a measure of the way the world is today; (2) a measure of the way the world was at some point in the past; (3) a demonstration that […]

Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg | Gladwell.com

Everyone who knows Lois Weisberg has a story about meeting Lois Weisberg, and although she has done thousands of things in her life and met thousands of people, all the stories are pretty much the same. Lois (everyone calls her Lois) is invariably smoking a cigarette and drinking one of her dozen or so daily […]

Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg | Gladwell.com

Everyone who knows Lois Weisberg has a story about meeting Lois Weisberg, and although she has done thousands of things in her life and met thousands of people, all the stories are pretty much the same. Lois (everyone calls her Lois) is invariably smoking a cigarette and drinking one of her dozen or so daily […]

Overcoming Bias: Near and Far Thinking

First off, if you’re not reading Overcoming Bias, you’re doing yourself a disservice. I’d say it’s one of the best, if not the best blog on the Internet. Most blogs–my own included–have a relatively low “wow” ratio; they might be solid overall, with lots of stuff to enjoy if you like the creator, but there […]

How the Military Attracts the Feebleminded

This is one of the new propaganda videos that they’re playing before movies now in certain markets. This one is for the Nascar folks; they’ve got another one for Hispanics. It’s shameless and pathetic. No, it’s a fucking disgrace.

Robin Hanson on Groupthink

An interesting post over at Overcoming Bias: We feel a deep pleasure from realizing that we believe something in common with our friends, and different from most people. We feel an even deeper pleasure letting everyone know of this fact. This feeling is EVIL. Learn to see it in yourself, and then learn to be […]

Contemplating Confirmation Bias

Image from weber.edu As I sit here at my allergist waiting on the all-clear after my shots, I’m thinking about something that’s been bothering me for a while. It’s called Confirmation Bias, and it essentially means that once you’re in a camp, you tend to take inputs that agree with that camp. And as you […]