Many readers will be familiar with soaring polarization in American politics, a phenomenon that first received mass attention in 2014 and has since become known as the "Great Awokening." These trends are also reflected in popular culture, such as movies and video games. In recent years, it seems that there has been a growing gulf... Read More
"Intelligence researcher" doesn't exactly have a reputation as a safe, uncontroversial profession. There are perhaps 200 people in the world who do that full-time. Despite this small population, we seem to get a story - often multiple stories - of them getting denounced, defamed, deplatformed, threatened, and even physically attacked every single year. Thanks to... Read More
David Rozado has created the website Media Analytics where you can track the frequency of various words in the New York Times from 1970-2017. This would appear to be a very useful tool for tracking the Zeitgeist. You can do something similar in Google Books, but it only runs to 2000. Anyhow, here is his... Read More
Hanania, Richard. 2015. “Does Apologizing Work? An Empirical Test of the Conventional Wisdom.” (h/t Emil) Politicians and other public figures often apologize after making controversial statements. While it is assumed that they are wise to do so, this proposition has yet to be tested empirically. There are reasons to believe that apologizing makes public figures... Read More
A couple of days ago, the Irish conservative journal The Burkean published an essay by its editor Michael O'Dwyer Connolly about the failure of the Convergence Hypothesis: Reasonably anodyne, patently commonsense - even if the article borrows perhaps a bit too gene
Hollywood Reporter: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Negative Buzz Amplified by Russian Trolls, Study Finds It obviously has nothing at all to do with any issues hinted at by the discrepancy between its 4.5/10 user rating and 8.5
Sarah Manavis (New Statesman): How architecture-themed Twitter accounts became a magnet for white nationalism Another account floating around in the architectural Twitter orbit is Wrath of Gnon. A self-described traditionalist, it is the account that was posting quotes from Leon Krier, Roger Scruton, and Theodore Dalrymple liked by ArchitectureRevival. These were posted alongside standard architecture... Read More
To IQ research (h/t whyvert): Now we are at the stage where the criminal justice system of a country that scores 100/100 on Freedom House's freedom rating is being used to effectively ban IQ research, following in the footsteps of noted SJW Stalin in the 1930s. I think we all suspected this would happen eventually.... Read More
* Blog status: Main posts in the last couple of weeks: RationalWiki Hagiography Colonize Space… With Nukes IQ in Time and Space Russia Elections 2018: The Political Compass The Rybka Affair * Large bunch of interesting books that have come out recently. Heiner Rindermann with a huge (592 pages) academic synthesis of research on IQ/GDPcc... Read More
Although I appreciate their help in actualizing my potential, there are a number of errors that I wish to clear up. Anatoly Karlin is a Russian alt-right, white nationalist anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist blogger who promotes
We are reaching levels of neoliberalism that shouldn't even be possible. In the USSR, getting a "red diploma" in university - the rough equivalent of a American summa cum laude - was contingent on acing the courses on scientific communism and similar crap. Interesting to see neoliberalism.txt developing in a similar direction. Andreas Schleicher, the... Read More
London Student: Exposed: London’s eugenics conference and its neo-Nazi links Some background: This scandal broke out when Toby Young, a conservative British political figure with a colorful history of Twitter controversies, was appointed to a government board on education - and removed almost instantaneously, after this story broke in The London Student, and was subsequently... Read More
The Alt-Right’s Asian Fetish (Audrea Lim): My blog has been recognized as an alt-right forum by the NYT, cool. Admin of /r/hapas: 2017 full list of Neo-Nazis, alt-rights, conservatives, white supremacists who fetish / marry / date Asian women He is clearly obsessed with the topic and overdoes the theme, but still, there’s a distinct... Read More
Prosvirnin is the most talented writer. Limonov has by far the most colorful personality. Dugin has been the most effective at promoting himself in the West. Prokhanov probably has the most name recognition in Russia. Galkovsky created the most powerful memes. Krylov provided the esoteric flavoring. And yet out of all of Russia's right-wing intellectuals,... Read More
Protesters shut down UVic Effective Altruism club screening of a TED Talk by Peter Singer, the utilitarian philosopher and animal rights activist who has argued that carnivorous animals should be holocausted for the greater good*. However, it wasn't Singer's opposition to Predator Lives Matter that raised SJW ire: The event, which featured a screening of... Read More
The existence of a ~1S.D. B/W gap in IQ is beyond dispute. It is probably the single most studied and replicated finding in psychometrics. The graph of all the different studies of the B/W gap themselves form a bell curve, with Black IQ centered around 85. Here is Emil Kirkegaard's plot of John Fuerst's massive... Read More
My own (limited) interactions with Charles Murray have all been positive, and I greatly respect him as an intellectual, a social scientist, and a proponent of open science. As such, there is nothing personal about the following analysis - it's just my attempt to deconstruct his seemingly complex, but actually relatively straightforwards, political philosophy. It... Read More
How ironic that writing about men and especially alpha Russian men is the natural International Women's Day topic for one Elahe Izadi, who is taking over the honorary batton from Kathy Lally. How on Earth could this be when Russia has a thousand times fewer Women's Studies departments than the US? *** On that note,... Read More
Effective altruism (EA) is the fairly simple idea that in charitable giving as in financial investment, you should aim to put your money where it would do the most good - be it earning the highest returns, or helping the maximum number of people. It is a laudable enough goal, though the ideas behind it... Read More
A couple weeks ago, Steve Sailer wrote about how homicide rates have sharply spiked in Baltimore this year relative to 2014 ever since #BlackLivesMatter became a thing. But apparently it's not just Baltimore. Homicide rates have been spiking in quite a few cities in the first half of this year. I summarize the data in... Read More
I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.
One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.
Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.