Just back from Portugal. Will share impressions in a later post (most are positive).
I’ll be doing quite a bit of traveling this summer. I’ll be in London again soon [business], will probably stop by in Denmark this May [because a certain event can no longer take place in London for political reasons], will be in Romania early this June [friend's wedding] – at which point I might as well tick off some of the V4 countries and maybe Austria [dependent on whether I can get free accomodation there].
On this note, I am considering getting a laptop. Blogging from a PC as I do is fine when you are stationary, but not so straightforward from a cell phone, and I’ll probably be abroad for most of this summer. And as the great Thorfinnsson correctly pointed out, writing posts from a cell phone is for losers.
So I’ll appreciate some advice on the best value-for-money laptops today [reqs: Needs to have an SSD and a good processor, but don't care about the GPU].
Donations are even more appreciated: http://akarlin.com/donations/
Seems to confirm our worse fears; declining support for free speech far from entirely ascribable to demographic change.
* New book coming out soon: Edward Dutton and Michael Woodley, “At Our Wit’s End: Why We’re Becoming Less Intelligent and What it Means for the Future.”
Incidentally, if all goes well, I’ll be able to collect Heiner Rindermann’s new book Cognitive Capitalism when I’m in London and review it.
* Gregory Hood: The Racial Politics of ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’. Will try to finish a review of this game myself soon.
* Pyrkov, Timothy et al. – Extracting biological age from biomedical data via deep learning: too much of a good thing?. Company behind this is Gero, one of the Russian companies getting into the life extension game.
* Woodley, Michael et al. (2017) – What Caused over a Century of Decline in General Intelligence? Testing Predictions from the Genetic Selection and Neurotoxin Hypotheses.
Summary from James Thompson here.
* Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies. Kirkegaard: “The great filter is coming for us. But what is it?” Doing an article on this right now.
* Paul Nehlen doxxes legendary Alt Right Twitter troll Ricky Vaughn.
This did good for Vaughn’s brand, if perhaps not his future career prospects. He was for a change a pretty normal fellow by Alt Right leader standards: Not obese, no Jewish wife, not a walking caricature of a white trashionalist, etc.
This also proves that boomers are incurable. Even if you try to cure them, they OD on the redpills.
* Just follow Audacious Epigone already:
- Give up your guns, goy
- John McCain is more popular among Democrats than he is among Republicans
- Most whites know Diversity! is inherently anti-white (and substantial numbers of non-whites do, too)
* Russia/China cooperation continues increasing; some links in my post here.
* Alexander Mercouris: Latest US sanctions on Russia: incitement to a coup and a new form of protectionism. But Navalny is pretty happy with them.
Science & Culture
* James Somers: The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete
* Diffusion of public mechanical clocks followed the printing press:
Diffusion of public mechanical clocks and the printing press by 1500 in Europe. From a soon to be working paper by Lars Boerner, @bsevergnini, and myself.
Germans and N Italians liked their tech! pic.twitter.com/bSufqncgj3
— Jared Rubin (@jaredcrubin) March 30, 2018
Germany, Northern Italy, Benelux still the most advanced parts of Europe – especially in manufacturing. Really deep precedents for that.
* Emil Kirkegaard points out genomics costs going town much more rapidly than expected:
* Chapman, Robert et al. (2018) – New literacy challenge for the twenty-first century: genetic knowledge is poor even among well educated
Participants received secondary education in 78 countries, with the largest samples from Russia, the UK and the USA. The results showed significant group differences in genetic knowledge between different countries, professions, education levels and religious affiliations. Overall, genetic knowledge was poor. The questions were designed to assess basic genetic literacy. However, only 1.2% of participants answered all 18 questions correctly, and the average score was 65.5%. Genetic knowledge was related to peoples’ attitudes towards genetics. For example, those with greater genetic knowledge were on average more willing to use genetic knowledge for their personal health management.
* Jose Ricon’s links.
* Scott Alexander reviews Jordan Peterson’s new book.
* A perfect 180:
Hell hath no fury like a Stalinist scorned. pic.twitter.com/rUib2YoShy
— ak (@akarlin88) April 8, 2018