Monthly Archives: February 2016

Exit, Voice, and Lighthouses

This is my favorite joke of all time. Transcript of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland: Americans: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.” Canadians: “Recommend you divert … Continue reading

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Dream Job? You Must Be Dreaming

The other day my friend came to me for advice. She’s going to start a PhD, but she’s worried she can’t handle it. Thing is, her concern is something I hear only too often, from too many people. “I just … Continue reading

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What is “neoreaction” ?

“Neoreaction” has been much discussed recently, but what is it? Neoreaction defines itself more in in terms of what it is opposed to than in terms of what it is in favor of. Fine. So what is neoreaction against? Democracy. … Continue reading

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Dumber Than Socrates

Polus. And is that not a great power? Socrates. Polus has already said the reverse. If you’ve ever taken a course that touched on the Platonic dialogues — intro philosophy, intro classics, even some rhetoric courses still — you’ve probably heard them described as … Continue reading

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Viral Science

The internet has been abuzz over the last few days about a preprint in PeerJ Preprints, “Gender bias in open source: Pull request acceptance of women vs. men.” Scott Alexander delivers a summary of popular-media responses to this, among other … Continue reading

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San Francisco has a Shameful Homeless Problem

San Francisco has a disgusting attitude towards the homeless. San Francisco is hosting the Super Bowl, and the mayor has decided to move all the homeless. He doesn’t want tourists to see the evidence of his corruption and lack of … Continue reading

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