Why Elizabeth Warren is more electable than Hillary Clinton

I just saw one of my friends post on Facebook that the right-wing wants Elizabeth Warren to run, on the theory that she’ll be easy to beat. Hogwash. I think Warren is actually more electable than Hillary Clinton. Why? It’s the charisma, stupid. This is the title of an article by Paul Graham, which seemed to [Read More...]

The case for being a terrible person

Bryan Caplan once wrote a post titled “Against Human Weakness,” where he said: Human weakness is a choice, and it should be criticized, not excused.  I’m particularly baffled when economists say otherwise.  In what economic model is “lots of people feel tempted to do it” a reason to turn a blind eye?  I embrace a [Read More...]

Tell me, readers: how is your phenomenology weird?

I have synesthesia, grapheme-color synesthesia specifically. Which means… well, it’s hard to describe. Here’s Wikipedia, trying: Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia; from the Ancient Greekσύνsyn, “together”, and αἴσθησιςaisthēsis, “sensation“) is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.[1][2][3][4] People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes. [Read More...]

Space tourism is totally worth dying for

Wired has an article up titled “Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For,” about the recent death of a Virgin Galactic pilot in a test flight gone wrong. And my gut reaction to this is, “wait, of course space tourism is worth dying for.” People knowingly choose to do things that could kill them all the time, for all [Read More...]

Meh CEO pay

A lot of people get upset over CEO pay. The popular version of the “CEOs are paid to much” line focuses on the disparity between how CEOs are paid and how ordinary workers are paid. But that can be defended based on the size of a good CEO’s contribution to the company… if the CEOs are actually [Read More...]

Outline of some depressing thoughts on animal rights

[Content note: scrupulosity / possibly excessive levels of moral guilt. Passing references to a wide variety of bad things, such as rape, slavery, torture, and genocide.] Over the past weekend, I tried to force myself to write a long, soul-searching blog post that was going to have a title something like, “some depressing thoughts on [Read More...]

Cis By Default

This is a post from one of Ozy’s old blogs,  which I’m reposting from the Internet Archive’d version with permission: This is a pet hypothesis of mine, nothing more. There is absolutely no empirical data to back this up. But I think it explains my observations fairly well. One of the big things we talk [Read More...]

Please use Adblock

A lot of people who rely on online ads for revenue beg their users not to use services like Adblock, because it cuts into their revenue. However, I think it would be better for both myself and Patheos if all my regular readers used Adblock. Why? Well, first of all, I get most of my [Read More...]

Why the Effective Altruist community REALLY needs to get off Facebook

Minor PSA (okay fine somewhat audacious request) for my friends in the effective altruism community: please get off Facebook. Or at least, try to move your effective altruism stuff off Facebook. Right now, the effective altruism community is my last excuse for using Facebook, but I don’t think this is really optimal, for a couple of [Read More...]