Monday, February 29, 2016

Heterodox Academy

Here is where psychologist Jonathan Haidt and many other people promoting intellectual diversity are blogging.

Haidt says that lack of intellectual diversity handicaps academia. Most notably is the lack of conservatives in social science. While conservatives have biases, liberals hold certain ideas sacred too, Unfortunately, academia is filled will liberals who, like the rest of us, don't do a very good job of entertaining or criticizing the sacred ideas of their tribe.

Good job Heterodox Academy

Friday, February 26, 2016

Nate Silver - Conversations with Tyler

There's a lot of good stuff here. A lot of how to think not what to think.

I find it interesting when they agree that the best chance an individual voter has of moving a presidential election is in Virginia, where it's about 1 in 10 million. If you like those odds, maybe you should play a $2 lottery with those odds and win a million dollars?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Obama on Trump and the GOP race

Here's the video

Those Crazy Republicans

I'm generally very receptive to this. Republicans have an unwarranted anti-muslim streak, and they deny the reality of climate change.

Parties often have good points when criticizing each other. They're more often delusional when they talk about themselves.

I could also paint a picture of leftists and their hateful and anti-science views. We just wouldn't be talking about muslims and climate change, we'd be talking about CEOs and evolutionary psychology.

 He made the emphasis of his talk that he trusts that the American people will do the right thing. I also think that the Democrats will get the nomination. But he didn't give any probabilities. If the Repubs are as bad as he says they are, then isn't a 20% chance of trump winning very scary? Shouldn't that undermine his faith in democracy and government relative to their alternative, the private sector?

I also appreciate the Obama didn't devolve his speech with a lot of the same name calling as his party uses. The names that are used to slander Republicans, and especially trump, are vicious and horribly fail the intellectual empathy test. Obama always carries himself as one with high character, He treats his opponents with respect, even when his opponents did exactly the opposite.