Monthly Archives: May 2017

Pathological virtue signalling vs. pathological altruism

I think people get these mixed up because they want to. It’s not a difficult distinction, and yet…R-selection is also a state of mind. RIP Pat Tillman. This country didn’t deserve you.

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The right/left political spectrum

Recall the fundamental premise of politics: intra-species conflict stems from each phenotype unconsciously trying to alter the environment to favor their respective reproductive strategies. Leftism and rightism emerge from the free rider problem in group selection. It’s about trust, which … Continue reading

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On the Alt-Right, part III

The numbering was already screwed up, might as well meme it. Part 1 Part 2 It would be a horrible mistake to ascribe ideological or political motives to Gamergate. In fact, the actors involved were among the most secularized, apolitical, … Continue reading

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American Alt-Right flowchart

Sorry about the formatting on that one line, I was in a rush. Last updated: 5-11-17

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The factory analogy for the two-factor intelligence model, part 2

Previously: The “brainpower” model of IQ The factory analogy for the two-factor intelligence model Traits related to mental speed and caliber First, I’m going to present a simple hydraulic system to get the basic idea across. Then I’ll present a … Continue reading

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On Oppositional Defiant “Disorder”

Air quotes because it’s really quite adaptive on the individual level, even if society formally disapproves. ODD is a fixation to a common human behavior I call “conspicuous rule-breaking”. It’s a variant of virtue signalling where a person will flagrantly … Continue reading

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Why autistic people are big on rules

It’s a variation of the “freeze” response to confusion and danger. A recruit was standing on a roof at Parris Island in the burning sun at parade rest. His DI had put him there to work on the roof and … Continue reading

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Dew point analogy to r/k and economics

Why is it so natural to compare politics, economics, and war to weather and storms? As with all analogies, it’s because they have formal elements in common. (And I mean aside from the theory that human economic moods are primarily … Continue reading

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Your regularly scheduled red vortex of DOOM

This is a mythical trope in Japanese visual culture, which is drawn from transcendentalism in Enlightenment-era mathematics. This probably won’t make a lot of sense right now, so I’m just recording it for posterity. Some people were confused by my … Continue reading

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