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Timeless Wokeness

THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES   CHAPTER 1 All is Vanity 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 4 One generation […]

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Conscientiousness

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(Deceiving) the Public, Good

Given the myriad ways that our “elite” colleges and universities massage and manipulate admissions data, financial aid data, yield data, alumni giving data, who teaches classes, and so on (often in order to increase their “profits”, often in order to stay high up in the rankings, etc.), how can we take seriously the idea that […]

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I just finished reading Peter Brannen’s interesting book on the five previous major mass extinctions that have struck planet Earth. It is, of course, a book that is very much intended to warn us that we are on our way to the sixth if we do not keep carbon dioxide levels low (CO2 ramp ups […]

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One of my son’s favorite books at the moment is the Book of General Ignorance. In today’s lesson, he informs me that none of kilts, bagpipes, haggis, porridge, whisky and tartan that we so readily identify as authentically Scottish actually emanates from Scotland. While kilts seem to have been invented by the Irish (who are […]

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Give them credit for their creativity, again this from Josh Muravchik’s book: Several thousand Party members had been arrested, and many had been executed,” charged with being members of an antiparty conspiracy, a label borrowed from Stalin’s purges. “Supposed conspiritors were persecuted to devilish cruelty,” continues Salisbury. “One group of local Party leaders was paraded […]

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Here is Uncle Karl in an 1850 address to the Central Committee of the Communist League (via Josh Muravchik’s work): the workers must counteract … the bourgeois endeavors to allay the storm, and must compel the democrats to carry out their present terrorist phrases. Their actions must be so aimed as to prevent the direct […]

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Technology, Clay and Socialism

It is thought that if only artificial intelligence proceeds apace, and computing power increases apace, that the knowledge and information demands imposed by the economic problem could conceivably be dealt with, and then socialist central planning could succeed. It is thought that if only men were angels, then we could run an economy without having […]

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What is to Be Done?

Perhaps that is not a very funny title, but it comes from this: OK, I’ll bite. Not as hard as I used to, but I’ll bite. What is needed is a mandatory course on ethics and the limits of knowledge Well, “mandatory?” What is the meaning of mandatory? In any case I like the idea […]

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The Social Science Fermi Paradox

In the 1950s, Enrico Fermi famously asked, “Where Are They?” And that question spurred a great deal of thought and interest in the idea of whether extra-terrestrial life exists, and if it does exist why hasn’t it reached us yet, and the implications for our civilization if in fact it has not. I just finished […]

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