Archive for April, 2012

A Heretical Question? Do Women Have Too Much Power?
GIVENS: Given that women control access to sex and access to reproduction. Given that women have a different mating strategy from men. Given that women determine the outcome of elections. Given that women prefer anti-liberty policies. Given that in…
Libertarian Strategy
We can solve for freedom by attempting to gain sufficient converts in order to create a religion - a means of rebellion against institutions. Or we can solve for freedom by attempting to create formal institutions as a means of preventing others from taki…
Criticizing Rothbard, Or Criticizing The Abuse Of Rothbard?
I criticize Rothbard all the time, but always for the same single reason: he did not solve the problem of formal institutions and effectively, he tried to advocate freedom be achieved through informal institutions alone -- effectively via a religion. That…
Analogies are the core of cognition: Hofstadter
(Thanks to Skye for pointer) RE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8m7lFQ3njk&feature=related The attempt to better understand the physical structure of our brains doesn't seem to have produced anything more useful than the philosophical insight th…
NASA Complains, and So Do I: My experience with the AGW movement.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets/2012/04/astronauts-condemn-nasa%E2%80%99s-global-warming-endorsement/469366 There is very little that is the product of the human mind that is incomprehensible to an individual who is determined…
Paper: Conservatives Have Lost Faith In The Integrity Of Science
Notes from: Politicization of Science in the Public Sphere: A Study of Public Trust in the United States, 1974 to 2010 -- Gordon Gauchat Available at: http://www.asanet.org/images/journals/docs/pdf/asr/Apr12ASRFeature.pdf 1) Their position: Science is…
RE: STRATFOR On Iran’s Strategy — Why I Support Action Against Iran
Depending upon your concept of the world: universalist democratic socialist, or hierarchical tribalist, or utilitarian economist, you might see US policy toward Iran in a different light. One thing is for sure: we are accomplishing for militant islam,…
CNN Is Anti Christian On Easter. How Nice.
I really don't care about the content of religious mythology. I don't think it matters. It might be better for preachers to read from the Iliad and the Odyssey, The Carolingian Epic, La Morte De Arthur, and the Nibelungen than it is to read from the Bible…
Defending John Derbyshire: Dear Brits, Get Ready To Eat Crow On Race
(Updates at end of post.) The Guardian has a nice piece on the flap over John Derbyshire's recommendation in Takimag that white and asian parents educated their children to avoid african americans on the streets. I found the comments typical of populis…
Gödel’s Theorem Needs Godel’s Law
Kurt Gödel's incompleteness theorem came up in a debate the other night.  I usually react by hanging my head and groaning in anticipation of the chaos that eventually ensues. But on an impulse made a statement about the narrowness of its applicabilit…