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From five questions concerning social media companies deplatforming users for venturing off the reservation of allowable opinion, a censorship index by selected demographics follows. Because pro-censorship rates are similar by subgroup for each item the index is calculated by a simple average of percentages in favor of deplatforming across the five categories. These categories are... Read More
This religious service--where rigid intellectual, moral, and spiritual conformity is assumed--fronts as a corporate activity led by chief executives of the country's leading tech company, one of the largest publicly-traded firms in the world:
Heartiste's take on the coming sexbot revolution is probably an accurate auguring of what will come to pass: It's not inconceivable, though, that the development instead turns out to be a saving grace, putting the West's native stock back on the path to replacement fertility. Here's how it might look. Not only is the female... Read More
The Z-Man on millennials: I have twenty millennials who work under me and my perception is that truth isn't even held up as something they tell themselves they're striving for. In the context of the general election it's primarily about how Trump, Hillary, and Sanders make them feel and, secondarily, what direct benefits they represent... Read More
The percentage of GSS respondents who have ever "expressed political views on the internet", by political orientation (n = 1,203, the question was posed for the first time in 2014): Orientation %Expressed Liberal 32.4 Moderate 18.0 Conservative 20.6 This isn't just the result of people tending to become more conservative as they get older and... Read More
++Addition++Expanding on a post by OneSTDV, Randall Parker looks at specific examples of mechanization adoption among dairy farmers in the US, modelled on the actions of their counterparts in Europe.---A couple of paragraphs from a WSJ article on the putative labor shortage (which should actually be thought of as a shortage at the desired wage... Read More
John Savage brings attention to a post by Georgetown professor Patrick Deneen, who laments how Yers are becoming the Open Book generation: That classic sentiment of a mid-twentieth century liberal is now almost quaint given where we have now arrived. In the age of the internet, the strict separation between a public and private world... Read More
Morning Edition's Ted Robbins reports on farmers who are switching to crops that are less labor intensive:The Western Growers Association, representing thousands of southwestern farmers, claims that a labor shortage caused by tightening immigration enforcement (and the more important effects it has on potential illegal immigrants coming north and those already here in their decision... Read More
Reading Gregory Clark's A Farewell to Alms, I was impressed (see comments in the link) by his thoughts on the relationship between wealth and happiness. Basically, it is a zero-sum game, but it takes place within societies rather than between them. Human happiness, then, is relative. On page 16, Clark writes: That provides insight into... Read More
Aristotle is generally considered to be the greatest philosopher of all time. In Human Accomplishment, Charles Murray put that assertion to the statistical test, and found it to be valid. But the runner-up, who is handicapped by the quixotic nature of his thought, may gain some ground when a new assessment of the literature is... Read More
Several major news services track the most viewed, emailed, and blog-linked stories of the day or week. Other services allow readers to rate articles.It would be interesting for them to begin asking users at registration (which many media outlets require, oftentimes for free) for their political views. From this, the same "most viewed" lists could... Read More
I'm reading science historian Toby Huff's The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West. Huff argues that by the end of the thirteenth Century, the West, through the university, had put rationality, logic, and empiricism in positions of authority from which they've not yet and will probably never be removed from. But... Read More
The world of record-keeping just became even more interesting. VaporStream is a service that vanquishes email correspondences after they've been received, in Mission Impossible-style virtuality. Instead of five seconds, the reader has until he clicks out of the message. The name of the sender disappears even faster than that.As the technology behind the patent is... Read More