Monthly Archives: August 2021

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Michael Lewis writes in his 2016 book The Undoing: * All the leading behaviorists were WASPs—a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by young people entering psychology in the 1950s. Looking back, a casual observer of the field at that time … Continue reading

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Brave New World (8-15-21)

Here are my notes on the book: * At the end of the book, I had nothing. I had no comments. I had no reactions. I didn’t laugh or cry or have any emotional or intellectual reaction to the book. … Continue reading

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How did the American Right react to Covid?

I noticed that the HBD crowd (Steve Sailer, Greg Cochran) took Covid-19 seriously while the populist right as embodied by the America First crowd, talk radio and Fox News minimized the seriousness of Covid. Has the HBD crowd been wrong … Continue reading

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Anti-Gentilism-The hate that dare not speak its name (8-11-21)

Charlotte Allen writes: Gentiles were also among Roth’s lifelong fixations as antagonists. He was ever on the alert for anti-Semitism, both real and imagined. He even classified Bloom, herself Jewish, as an anti-Semite; apparently, it was fine for Roth to … Continue reading

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What unites vaccine and election cranks? (8-10-21)

Mike Lindell’s con is winding down, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/08/10/con-is-winding-down/ The pandemic productivity boom, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/10/upshot/will-the-pandemic-productivity-boom-last.html See the Data on Breakthrough Covid Hospitalizations and Deaths by State, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/10/us/covid-breakthrough-infections-vaccines.html New numbers from the CDC suggest fully vaccinated people remain protected against hospitalization and death, https://www.deseret.com/coronavirus/2021/8/10/22618163/covid-deaths-vaccinated-data-how-many-die … Continue reading

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