Red pills that will actually work on your Christian friends


(Just send them this link without explanation. Let them stew on it.)

2. Christians are really bothered by the whole “Jesus boiling in shit” thing in the Talmud.


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The buy-in problem

A buy-in problem is when people are in a societal dilemma* (i.e. conflict of individual and group interest) where solving the dilemma would change the individual-level incentive structure such that cooperation becomes preferable. An example would be anti-Semitism- it’s in the group interest, but strongly disincentivized at the individual level. But if everybody were already doing it, it would be strongly incentivized at the individual level to continue doing it.

For a more normie-accessible example, I genuinely believe slavery is driven by the desire to be better than other people, and is a net individual negative, economically. And I believe this need for domination primarily exists because women see dominating slave owners as sexy. So in my opinion all these efforts to drive down wages are an elaborate form of social dominance signalling to impress women. Soul of which, as noted by Led Zepelin, was created below. Hence, I see the right’s gleeful arrogance while moralizing about the poor being stupid, and the left’s blithe dismissiveness about the dangers of flooding the labor market with 3rd world peasants as fundamentally the same: a desire to impress women, like peacocks, with one’s ability to increase the downward pressure on economic mobility stats and still acquire resources oneself.

Present company excluded, of course. We are gentleman scholars here, not strutting cocks. I, for one, have never felt the need to show off in front of a woman. Anyway, thank God that, for the most part, we don’t have to keep a bunch of literal slaves around anymore just to keep our wives from sleeping with the neighbor. When you look at it that way, the prospect of wearing a feather boa doesn’t seem so bad.

It’s not always a good thing to resolve the dilemma. For example, I think the buy-in problem is the only thing protecting us from a future of self-driving cars. Nobody wants it, but they would want it if it were already normal. Fortunately, it appears TPTB will lose their economic base before they can usher in that nightmare dystopia. They lack the propaganda power to make Boomers want self-driving cars and Millennials don’t have the industrial wherewithal to make them a reality.

*For an expansion of “societal dilemmas” see the sidebar prerequisite titled Trust between neighbors is the cultural basis of civilization. I consider The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff to be the sequel to Schneier’s book, since surveillance is just pre-emptive security via information asymmetry. Or maybe it would be more precise to think of it as buying an option on future enforcement of The Rules, either via targeted particularist morality or automated universalist morality.

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Socioecomic accounting of the Last Man

Things people could afford on one lower-middle class income in the 50s and 60s:

-Organic food

Things people can afford on one lower-middle class income today:

-Giant flatscreen TV
-Half the rent for a 2-bedroom apartment

Therefore we should be a bit less surprised at the way people are acting. They have no skin in the game of life at all, and a lot of skin in hyper-reality (i.e. ego-serving distractions).

I’d put lower middle class at the wages of a Ford line worker in 1955 and compare it favorably to an income of 20-40k today. I was recently challenged on this assertion. Very rude, you’re supposed to just see my head shape and listen in a trancelike state. It’s because I’m a ginger, isn’t it?

The comparison group we agreed to is a guy working on the line at Ford in 1955 who already has a family and saves up for a home in 5 years.

Couch surfing with my brahs for 2 months. Start sharing rent for $200/month. Keep up living below your means. Gain experience and trust. Move up or don’t. Move on if not appreciated. 3-5 years? Probably a good estimate. Certainly within 10. Now you’re ready for 1 or both. Especially with a 30yr mortgage, but possibly even without. Depends on how well you pinch them pennies.”

So your argument is that a person today can afford the 1955 list on 31k today, provided they go without those things until they’re making more money?

We should probably run the numbers on my end too to make sure I’m not full of shit (never happened before). However, the concept of “real wages” makes me pretty damn confident in my assertion.

1955 weekly wage was 100$. At the Rouge Ford plant. So 5200 a year. $5,200 in 1955 is worth $49,747.12 today.

For taxes: Call that an even 30% for ease and to account for state taxes. That’s $3,640 take home. $3,640 in 1955 is worth $34,822.98 today.

Moreover, the inflation occurred mostly in housing, food, and medical care costs: Those had average annual inflation rates of around 5% rather than 3%. The power of compound interest means those costs doubled every 15 years instead of every 24 years (rule of 72). Working backward, we can calculate that houses, food, and medical care cost doubled three times over a period when general inflation only doubled twice. That means, even speaking conservatively, we expect those things cost half as much in 1955 as they do now, proportional to other costs of living.

This doesn’t even cover the decreases in economic mobility, which logically implies less opportunity today than in 1955, not more.

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What I said:

The average economic value of a person’s life is $10 million. Families and friends would work hard enough to earn $250 billion, cumulatively, to get 25k of their loved ones back.

What statisticians say:

The calculation — known as Value of a Statistical Life or VSL — is the amount people are willing to spend to cut risk enough to save one life. The VSL at most federal agencies, developed over several decades, is about $10 million. If a new regulation is estimated to avoid one death a year, it can cost up to $10 million and still make economic sense.

H/T iSteve.

That was pretty damn good for a number I pulled out of my ass. It’s very fulfilling, as a dualback, to be able to guess what value other people put on inscrutably sensitive things. It combines the enjoyment of science and domination.

Even though I’m generally quite untalented at what I do IRL, I’ve been very good at predicting the future revenues of companies with relatively limuted information. Maybe this talent is related to performance in the figure weights subtest. It’s too bad superforecasting is a hobby and not a job, because I could really dig into developing this type of intuition as a skill. I.e. “What would someone else pay for this shirt?” all the way up to “What would China pay for the South China Sea with standard 10-year shipping?”

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Managing a dualback

From the Past Authoring program:

It is best to do the writing that is associated with this exercise by entering into a reverie. A reverie is a state of contemplation, like a daydream. Normal focused goal-oriented thought tends to be narrow, precise and expressed in words. Image-laden thought – the movie that runs in your head – is more dream- or story-like. To complete this exercise properly, you have to daydream about the past, and let thoughts and images come to you, instead of controlling them. This can be frightening, if you start to remember unpleasant events from the past. However, it can be very useful to confront things that you are afraid of, voluntarily, particularly if your fears are stopping you from living properly in the present and the future.

Voluntarily facing the remembered things you fear or that you hate is the best way of dealing with them. Don’t rush this exercise, or the ones that follow, if you decide to complete them, as well. They are not something to merely complete. You have to take your time. In a reverie, or a daydream, parts of your mind that haven’t been able to speak because of your focused concentration or moral opinions have a chance to let themselves be known. These are parts of you that need a voice. If you take your time, then you can make contact with parts of yourself that have been shut away. You will need the abilities and energies that are contained within these shut-away parts to deal with the challenges of the present and the future.

This is describing what weirdo Edenists think of as an occipital-dominant thinking style, versus the insanely high executive function mode of parietal-dominant thinking that lesser hominids can only simulate through Adderall or nicotine (acetylcholine is the characteristic neurotransmitter of melonheads). Both demand pretty heavy use (as Stephen King pointed out, the cost of talent is that it’s hungry to be exercised). And they appear to have preferred times of day within your circadian rhythm. For example, my occ demands to be in charge from 7-8:30 AM and from 10 AM to 1 PM, so I try to schedule deep work for those times. My parietal kicks in at almost exactly 4 PM and its stamina depends bigly on how much rest I’ve been getting. If I’m VERY high energy it also kicks in from 1-3.

The parietal style is pretty well described by what people call “mindfulness”, and can be thought of as frictionless executive function, which is to say a flow state for noticing patterns and making decisions without getting decision fatigue. If, like me, you generally have executive function deficiencies (I blame the endogenous personality, which AFAICT is identical to the diagnostic criteria for the ADHD-Inattentive subtype), it is very helpful to notice there’s a particular time of day when I can answer all my judgment call-type questions at no cost. In contrast, reveries are an ego-less flow state for frictionless performance, almost the polar opposite of self-consciousness and judgment tasks. Occasionally though, these will overlap. Here’s a pretty autistic example from when I was working on Operation Headache earlier today:

Steps 2 through 20 are laborious, but I wouldn’t mind them.
Have to actually make a choice here though, because that means probably talking about nothing exciting and interesting today but also working on a real accomplishment.
The other day I modeled this in my brain as a desire for both a tsundere girlfriend and the girl next door, and having to choose between them.
Naturally I decided to go for a bit of both :-D.
But for right now, it’s girl-next-door time.

This is a pretty simple example of occ serving up a visual-symbolic representation of a parietal-type dynamic tension, but they can get pretty complex. The Pyrrhic Cycle and the symbolic language stuff I do were both formulated in this mental state. I don’t trust myself to write Blockheads comics unless I’m firing on all cylinders like this, which is why those are so good. When the parietal is working in service of the occipital, it often comes out as poetry or math formulas.

Occipitals must be fed with art, rest, and by building things. Parietals must be fed with will-to-power activities and bursts of intense introspection.

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Updated textbook study skills

Update to I’ve condensed the two reading methods into a better checklist:

Read just one or two sections of the chapter at a time, and use the following procedure for each section:

1. Read the learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter.
2. Type them out so you can type out your answers as you read, for notes to review for tests, and to record as audio in step 9.
3. Read the part of the chapter summary that corresponds to the section you are working on.
4. Read the section. (If this is for a class, cheese the homework first by scanning then learn it properly.)
5. Reread the summary material.
6. Answer the learning objective questions for the section.
7. To remember the material, tie the ideas to your own life. For example, if you were reading about techniques for relaxation, ask yourself, “How could I use this in my life?”
(My learning style is heavily slanted to tangential learning, so I would also type this out as the important bit, but it’s probably unnecessary for most people.)

Additions to Watson and Tharp:
8. Record yourself reading this aloud, then listen back over it on three different days separated by good sleep.
9. Record yourself reading all titles, boxed items, photo captions, vocabulary definitions, graphs, bulleted points, any bolded or italicized text, any other text that is emphasized and, most importantly, the first sentence in every paragraph, finishing with the chapter summary, then listen back over it on three different days separated by good sleep.

If this isn’t retarded enough for you, you can use the method of loci to remember the learning objective prompts and be able to teach the subject matter in front of a class entirely from memory, given about a week’s head start.

Shorter version (for checklist):
1. Read the questions.
2. Type them out.
3. Read the summary.
4. Read the chapter.
5. Reread the summary.
6. Answer the questions.
7. Write down a way you could use this answer in your life.
8. Record yourself reading this.
9. Record yourself reading all titles, boxed items, photo captions, vocabulary definitions, then listen back over it on three different days separated by good sleep. graphs, bulleted points, any bolded or italicized text, any other text that is emphasized and, most importantly, the first sentence in every paragraph, finishing with the chapter summary, then listen back over it on three different days separated by good sleep.

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Socioeconomics and the Last Man

A conversation from a couple of weeks ago with minor edits. It’s basically an expansion of MM’s observation that overspecialization requires urbanization, urbanization requires oversocialization, and oversocialization requires narcissism (i.e. Jean Twenge’s “cultural boundedness of narcissism”). Compare…

…and you’ll basically understand everything about the modern world.

“Understanding of human motivation was as important in this victory as understanding of the physical terrain.”

Have you noticed everyone is finally starting to crack under the stress of isolation? I learned Thursday I’m not cut out for this level of autonomy. Granted, I’m trying to force myself to meet social expectations from people who wouldn’t miss me to do work that no one cares about without feedback or human connection. But if you had asked me whether I’d do that better with micromanagement or without, I would have said the latter. But now I’m watching my conscientiousness break down under isolation. I could be creating at an elevated rate right now but I just can’t bring myself to focus on my meaningless work and justify my job.

I skipped two days of working out in a row! With very little excuse! I never do that. I retreated to anime for stress twice. What stress?

It’s extremely hard to wrk without any kind of feedbkac
it’s extremely hard to work without seeing a reason, or especially any kind of impact
It’s very difficult to do all of these things when all structure is dead and the waves of chaos sweep away all the detritus scattered on the ebach

Yeah, but I figured it would be easier than the cognitive dissonance of unclear expectations and micromanagement. It gives me more sympathy for NEETs.

Well you’re relying on an internally-motivated personality to be the fuel for what is a set of circumstances predicated on extrinsic motivation

I thought I could hack the system. If the intrinsic motive depended on extrinsic inputs, then I thought the extrinsic could be coupled to the intrinsic drive.

I’ve definitely come to appreciate why every decent piece of advice for dealing with this sort of thing revolves around “create structures” instead of “power through with will”
“If the intrinsic motive depended on extrinsic inputs, then I thought the extrinsic could be coupled to the intrinsic drive.” that right there is why schools are terrible at motivating kids

Also companies, but yeah. The big difference here is that people these days don’t enter the institutions with internal drive. That was snuffed out year one. But the companies want to hook up to that drive and drain the juice out of it.


Exactly. PASSION….for static-resistant conveyors in packaging applications!

Corporate psychologists realized that internal motivation was always better than external. Lot of HR idiots honestly try to screen for it, but nobody has passion for the nonsense most places do
The most self-aware places I’ve heard of are the ones that admit they suck but offer benefits/certifications and don’t mind if you leave after a year
but those positions tend to be security guard positions and that sort of thing, from what i know
Anyway, there is no hope in corporate culture. it is a machine to destroy all innovation, creativity, and progress
not n original observation. nicking it from @benbraddock67. but it’s genius
105 IQ nitwits thinking they’re geniuses because they have degrees and follow trendy intagram accounts

Hope springs eternal, but corporate nonsense springs triple-eternal. Scientific management had one small moment in history when it was a good idea. Well, that and the stars were otherwise aligned for prosperity regardless. People remembered starving the day before.

Like all bad ideas, it can be pulled off with determined, capable, 140+ IQs in charge, at least for a time
by the time unhappy cat ladies take control you’re long past the point at which inertia is the only force keeping it afloat

My brother on Thursday:

“Watching our digital all employee meeting right now from last Friday. It’s always amazing how so many words can say so little. Gotta love the corporate world. I had the day off, so I’m watching the recording. To summarize, ‘things that happened have happened, things that are happening are happening, we don’t know what will happen.’ They have their function I suppose but it’s largely a waste of time and money. Send me an email with the bullet points… 5 min vs 60. They paid people to watch this. If you take the hourly rate of hundreds of employees we’re talking thousands. They furloughed people, and then we do this.”

Yeah, this whole thing has been a mess
Anyway, have been reading a bunch of disenchantedscholar lately
It must have been a few years
and she helped put the final piece in the puzzle for me as to the question “what is conservatism”

I nailed down the central conceit of American conservatism this week. American conservatism:

1) Elected leaders serve the electorate.
2) People who are less competent should be directed by people who are more competent.
3) We should elect the best people for the job of governance.

These are mutually exclusive. Since I’m on this track, here’s the one for modern libertarians:

1) People are motivated by the opportunity to improve their situation.
2) There is plenty of opportunity in the West.
3) Kids today aren’t motivated.

“The weekly Shukan Kinyobi discerns a “new fatalism” among young people. Meaning what? A feeling that effort reaps no rewards and so is not worth making; that the world is what it is and cannot be changed — at least not by me, even if I felt like changing it, which I don’t; that luck or inborn talent (which, being inborn, is just luck under another name) determines destiny, excluding most of us from the really good things in life — if they really are good, which they’re not, so to hell with them.

It sounds like despair but it is not. In fact, reports Shukan Kinyobi, young people have never been happier. A paradox indeed — one well worth exploring.”

freedom from expectation?
or something nefarious with how people judge “happiness”?
or one of a htousand other explanations?

I still call it libido decoupling.

so where’s the libinal energy going instead?

It’s like when a motor doesn’t have a load on it. Burnout. It spins up as fast as it can go for a while then burns out.

sounds like Japan
sounds like the US

What is it called when a type of person is only created by certain social structures? Is that what socially constructed means? I want to put this Japan article in my sidebar. So I want to be more precise. Something like “The Last Man is a rational response to living in a degenerate society.” But it would be nice to be more clinical if possible.

two ways of looking at it
the first is your phrasing (the rationalist lens), the second is something about how libidinal energy dissipated leads to lethargy/stagnation
i think it’s fine as is, really
you can leave it like that

I’ll go with “The deeply held conceits of the Last Man are a rational hedge against loss in a society where trust is deteriorating”

very encompassing

Thank you. I think “encompassing” is high praise for an aspiring plainstyle writer. The aim of plainstyle is the inverse pyramid-structured essay. First you encompass the idea, then you encompass the sections, then you encompass the subsections. It’s very neurotypical, being more concerned with the forest than “the reduction of parasite load in pine forest ecologies”, which is to say the trees. Plainstyle forces a holistic perspective, which makes it intuitive to read. Its very structure presumes that the reader is an acting force of agency who needs a holistic understanding to make decisions, particularly business decisions. A true Englishman, so to speak. And political decisions, of course, but a true Englishman sees no distinction. It is all within the realm of managing one’s affairs, to the proper end of individual distinction by growing the family estate. D’Anconia details this philosophy in Atlas Shrugged over about 20 pages, if I recall. Hmm, I feel a tinge of motivation in my chest. The idea that impressing family members with one’s material contributions to the family estate is a good and lofty goal feels very Social Competitor.

lean into that feeling

It makes sense that we’d associate this with Victorians. They were the greatest social competitors in recent history, excelling in both R and k-selected capacities with a staggeringly high average IQ of 115 (Ashkenazi verbal-only IQ of 112 absolutely BTFO). Leaning into this feeling makes the feeling of degeneration around me feel softer, as if we could call this the “twilight generation” rather than something so niggardly as “Z”. It’s the sense of genuinely feeling connected with your ancestors, I suppose.

The trouble is that, in practice rather than in theory, trying to impress family members who don’t share your values feels just as empty as before. Imagine saying “I bought back the family house” and getting a confused look and the comment “You should rent, it’s so much easier, hey check out this new mumble rap song ITS SO GOOD”. This only magnifies the loneliness and sense of alienation. This evopsych mismatch really is the root of the whole thing. K-selection makes people more sensitive to changes in social expectations, so k-selected people are more likely to be into mumble rap because that’s the way the wind is blowing. So it raises the question “where do people’s values come from, and how much can they be shifted by purposefully shaping their environments?”

Patrick has tried explaining this to me using the metaphor of non-Newtonian fluids. That is, there are substances that react like solids in response to sharp impacts and react like fluids in response to work applied slowly. And vice versa. He said the key to navigating institutions is to perceive which structures are which type, especially when they have incentives to masquerade as something else.

great top-level view, though not very actionable, admittedly

In short, I’d summarize the major institutions shaping a modern person’s values as “their workplace”, “mass culture”, “their hyper-reality”, and “their reality”. Where the last term is sort of a catch-all for non-shared adult environment. The workplace is probably the most important. I’ve talked to people whose sociosexual status and behavior changed one place or even two places just by changing jobs. Oh yeah, I should have mentioned “genetics” as one of the factors. Never good to let a dominant factor go unsaid in these situations. Tacit understandings are deadly to analysis.

Theoretically, people’s values are extremely flexible. You can take one of Calhoun’s beautiful ones out of mouse utopia and, if it doesn’t die, it will develop into a normal mouse. But people are enmeshed in these institutions, so attempts to make even small changes are “corrected” with excessive force. So the plasticity of our values actually works against change, since we will tend to have values which match our exact situations. And the idea of seeking out a situation which will produce the deeply held values you want is unthinkable. Aren’t you supposed to already have, deep down, the deeply held values you’re supposed to? There’s this strange idea that such mismatches are intractable. So I’d distinguish between understanding:

A) Objective morality
B) Your deep nature/motives/values
C) Your socially constructed, institutionally shifted motives/values, and
D) Your society’s motives/values.

For example:

A) Objectively, it’s moral to engage in a Christian community.
B) By temperament, I’m introverted.
C) Within my incentive structures, I’m shifted to see the value in many extraverted skills (e.g. PUA).
D) I’m still extremely mismatched with the overall American hatred for solitude and those who enjoy it, even after being shifted by incentives.

Corporate America being perhaps the worst offender in D. I mean, you wouldn’t believe how they react to the idea of learning about your job from a book.


I asked for a book suggestion from a trainer once and they directed me to redo the e-learning modules.

they didn’t get certified to recommend books

We actually have one e-learning module that is literally an upload of an entire book. That one is actually valuable! (Nobody has ever completed it. I mean, beyond flipping through the pages to show completion and then cheesing the test.) Always in training, but never studying. If anyone catches you studying, they tell you to get back to work or get in a training class. It’s freaking uncanny.

it’s almost as if a culture of cheating and studying for the test isn’t just a chinese thing
it’s shitty and insane when they do it but this country has a lot of room to improve too

It’s a response to the structural incentives of a high-GFP society.

i know
doesn;t make it nay les sobnoxious

Social competition without trust, k-selection without individual morality, the worst of all worlds.

at a certain point you actually have to know your shit
well, “you” isn’t broadly applicable, if we’re being honest
15% of people tops need to ave a clue?

15% is enough to automate an assembly line. Or run a small business.

oh well. forgive them for they know not what they do?

To build something that lasts, you need the maintenance trainers to know what they’re doing well enough that the engineers aren’t doing every job. I suspect you need 2/3 to be minimally competent in their niche to prosper indefinitely. Speaking of, Psycho Pass is about the social credit system via Minority Report. Great writing, and very accessible. There’s basically no allegory to untangle at all. That sounds like no fun until the characters start basically quoting the Unabomber. (Also my favorite villain from any anime ever.)

I think the only actionable thing from the analysis of value systems is to look for opportunities to influence each of the factors without overextending. You probably can’t afford to give NEETs jobs in a machining shop to bring them up to Delta (or else you’ll produce nothing for a while and go bankrupt). But you can push on all of the factors:

A) Remind people the Bible actually says the opposite of what they wish it said.
B) Show people what they deeply crave and how others have gotten it. By personal example if possible.
C) Push back on the social constructions and incentive structures. Look for opportunities to change people’s situations.
D) Meme a purpose-driven counterculture. Push people into alternative media.

I’m satisfied with that treatment for now, but it needs a list of examples. For each section. Actual, concrete things people should be doing. E.g. If someone is into conspiracy theories, push them one step further down the road. My brother’s gotten into libertarianism, so I’m trying to get him to read “The Creature from Jekyll Island” [Note: Heaviside points out this book is de facto controlled opposition, the better book is Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins]. That’s a great example. Push INTJs into Joseph Campbell. And the Jolly Heretic, for balance. (But Joseph Campbell is a better cure for INTJ horseblinders.)

Okay, most important addition to advice for isolation: Double protein, animal fat, and fiber intake. Eat veggies otherwise. Drink eggs for convenience or hard boil them for later. Cut carbs back.

lots of water. don’t forget lots of water

A brief postscript on argumentation ethics, for further autism.

Hoppe states that if argumentation praxeologically presupposes the norm that both the speaker and the listener are allowed to exercise exclusive control over their respective physical bodies in order to settle a disagreement or resolve a conflict over scarce resources, then it follows that propositions propounded during such argumentation cannot contradict this norm without falling into a (dialectical) performative contradiction between one’s actions and words. Thus Hoppe concludes that despite violations against self-ownership and private property being possible, it can not be argumentatively justified…Hoppe then also argues that since argumentation requires the active use of one’s body, all universal norms for resolving conflicts over the human body aside from self-ownership are inconsistent with argumentation, as they would not allow one to independently move. Hoppe then argues that since the resolution of conflicts over external resources must also be objectively justifiable, only the physical establishment of an objective link by original appropriation (i.e., homesteading) is a norm compatible with such a requirement. From these Hoppe concludes that only the private property ethic can be justified in an argument without contradiction.[5]

I.e. Putting chains on someone is a de facto recognition of their individual agency.) Counterargument: a doctor performing a “reflex test” on the knee controls another person’s body with his own agency. Thus it fails to prove is=ought (I’d call this the agency-locus problem, for lack of knowing what it’s actually called). But it’s a great argument for disproving moral pragmatism, and they’re too autistic to see it.

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