Showing posts from January, 2021

Covid-19 lockdowns and science

Excellent summary of what we know so far about Covid-19, its impacts and the effectiveness of lockdowns: COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science It appears to be a pretty good compilation of factual stuff that is verboten in the media.

The Purge

We know that the protesters at the Capitol building were invited inside by security. There are multiple video angles of this. Here is one from the outside . Another one showing entry . This is one from the inside – series of tweets: scroll down for the one that says "Here’s the scary moment". There was another , but that one has now been removed in The Purge. So the protesters were invited in. At least some of them were antifa. We know because: (1) observers reported an antifa bus escorted by the police to DC, (2) diligent folks doxxed some of them, and (3) it's weird for a MAGA protester to sport a hammer-and-sickle tattoo. So the protesters were invited in, they walked loudly through the building – and Ashli Babbit, a protester and veteran with 4 tours of duty on her record, was murdered by a security guy when she attempted to climb through a hallway window: Meanwhile, half a year ago, "Black Lives Matter" rioters did this : That is fine though. That&

The complete uselessness of rationalists

In a nutshell: rationalists do not use their intellect to understand the world, or to take actions at decisive times, when knowing the correct action is necessary. Instead, they use it to "explain" things in hindsight. The rationalist use of intellect is intellectual masturbation. It is used because it feels good , not because it does good . It does not effectively predict the future, even in the short-term. It does not even help understand the present. It's used to intellectualize the past; it turns out being just-so stories, convenient narratives developed with full benefit of hindsight, which do not explain as much as explain away. It lacks the power to predict anything but the most humdrum outcomes. In a word, rationalism is useless . Case in point: current events. If rationalism had value, then rationalists should understand, in a way so there's no doubt: The major social and political threat that has been unfolding for the past 20 years. The major

Seth on computers

Interesting passage from The Early Sessions: Book 4 of The Seth Material . In 1965, Seth had this to say about the coming age of computers: "Seth deplored our ideas on war and peace, which must improve if we are to survive. This led into a discussion about computers, and Bill Gallagher’s personal idea of studying up on them for future use in business. Seth said computers would transform human life. He said Bill’s personal ideas were good ones; the inherent danger with them had to do with the type of salesman’s personality, the feeling of superiority and of having power over others, that might color the use of computers. He told Bill that it would require strict discipline on his part if he worked with computers in such a fashion." It seems this is coming true in spades. The warning was made personally for Bill Gallagher, but the trouble we are having with Big Tech now appears to be specifically due to a cynical and haughty arrogance. There is a "feeling of superio