May 17

Quote of the day – macroeconomics and climate science

From Arnold Kling (emphasis mine)

I am a macroeconomics skeptic. I think that my background in the subject is deep enough that my reasons for skepticism are legitimate. See, for example, my memoirs of a would-be macroeconomist.

I am a climate science skeptic, but not based on a similarly deep background. I just look at the superficial similarities with macroeconomics and infer that skepticism is warranted. It is plausible to me that the climate “consensus” is way off. However, it could be off in either direction–maybe the temperature increase will be faster and sharper than the consensus forecast.

When it comes to the differences between macro and climate science, points (1) and (2) favor climate science. However, point (3) leans against climate science. Good ideas are persuasive. If you need to excommunicate unbelievers, you are dealing in religion, not science.

May 17

An odd request from a six year old

“Daddy, I want to play with something sharp….”

Jan 17

First quote of the day in 2017

From this Vox article

My creative endeavors were crap, but there’s always an audience for trainwrecks

Dec 16

Interesting quotes from Moldbug

From the WikiQuotes page

the modern world has largely replaced religion, defined as the veneration of paranormal beings, with idealism, defined as the veneration of mysterious universal principles.

The artists of today produce kitsch because they’re rebelling against a fictitious power structure by supporting a real one.

[…] the replacement of religion by idealism has allowed people who are essentially religious fanatics to achieve positions of unprecedented temporal supremacy, not only without arousing the alarm of reasonable, scientifically minded writers, but in fact enlisting their enthusiastic support.

Are we really to believe that Marx, on his own, invented the idea that all men are brothers, despite living in a society dominated by a religion whose creed taught exactly that?

Progressives have created a vast set of puppet cultures which enable them to describe their monoculture as a multiculture.

Dec 16

Quote of the Friday edition

From Thomas Sowell

It may be expecting too much to expect most intellectuals to have common sense, when their whole life is based on their being uncommon — that is, saying things that are different from what everyone else is saying. There is only so much genuine originality in anyone. After that, being uncommon means indulging in pointless eccentricities or clever attempts to mock or shock.


Nov 16

Quote of the day

From Garrett Hardin

Extremism appears to lead to clear-cut decisions, whereas moderation embarrasses us by emphasizing problems that are yet to be solved.

Sep 16

Quote of the day

From this book review

It is plain that the core of his identity, his heart of hearts, is not that of a man who is black. It is that of a man who knows a whole lot more about things than you do and is intent on setting you straight, at length if necessary, if you’d only listen. Take a look at those glasses, that awkward grin, those sweater-vests, and consider his deep interest in Albert Einstein and other geniuses: Thomas Sowell is less an African American than a Nerd American.

Jul 16

Quote of the day – Southern Prayer Version

From Slate Star Codex

Traditional Borderer prayer: “Lord, grant that I may always be right, for thou knowest I am hard to turn.”

Mar 16

The simple way of determining if machines threaten your job

Machines taking jobs has been an interest of mine, since I read Tyler Cowen’s Average Is Over – and all the blog posts and what not since then.

Seemingly the best rule of thumb is that if you can do your job while a little drunk, then the machines are already on the way!  The judgement of algorithms is good enough at this point to make up for what machines cannot determine.

Feb 16

Quote of the day

From Dot Net Rocks

Genius is an event, not an attribute