Odds and EndsRead more: Odds and Ends
“And now the time has come, he said, to speak of many things…”
Failure of LogicRead more: Failure of Logic
There are three big things which impair people from thinking through the big problems of these times. One is the straight out thought policing; anyone who has a brain and can use it is a threat and a target. Second is the great difficulty getting right information about things. Finally there is the simple lack…
About living in a Behavioural SinkRead more: About living in a Behavioural Sink
The fish rots from the head down. Recently one of my fellow blogsters put up a piece complaining about the decline of human behaviour in the syndemic age. She referenced it to the famed Calhoun experiments with “rat paradises”. This produced some discussion. I have decided it is a good time to take this topic…
The Fun Topic of Historical Linguistics. Part Two.Read more: The Fun Topic of Historical Linguistics. Part Two.
And that is my take on how all the world’s languages relate to each other, and how these relations came about. I hope it is informative. My method of working this out has been to employ ‘Occam’s Razor’. This does not mean, to use the simplest explanation. It means, to assemble sufficient facts and then…
War of Words; Economy versus SocietyRead more: War of Words; Economy versus Society
Denying the word does not make the thing go away. Public discourse in the 2020s is getting weirder all the time. The “newspeak” of George Orwell was an early predictor of this phenomenon. People are trying to make ideas and things go away by making it impossible to say them. That kind of thing was…
First post on the new siteRead more: First post on the new site
It isn’t completely ready, but it is usable. I will not be posting anything further to this old site. However, I will keep it up for awhile because people are still looking through my old stuff.
The Internet We NeedRead more: The Internet We Need
…and how we might get it Dec 13, 2022I just blocked Elon Musk so I now have full authority to speak on this topic.No, actually Musk does not really matter. We do need something better than Twitter. Options are scarce.The people looking for an alternative to Twitter, or trying to create one, mostly do not…
The Fun Topic of Historical LinguisticsRead more: The Fun Topic of Historical Linguistics
The Indo Europeans; where they came from, where they went, why it matters. I have been hanging around internet discussion boards that deal with the present geopolitical situation. This often gets into the ideas various ethnic nationalisms have about themselves and their origins. Most have no scientific basis; they are mere folklore origin stories people…
The Magician, the Artisan, China, The West, and the Scientific Revolution.Read more: The Magician, the Artisan, China, The West, and the Scientific Revolution.
Something Pertinent to Comparing Chinese and Western Civilization in this age of “civilizational” conflict. My most recent blog post was “The Panda Hugger’s Handbook”, a review of a book titled “Why China Leads the World”. I agreed with the book’s main thesis that China will lead the world by example in this century. The culture and…
The Panda Hugger’s Handbook.Read more: The Panda Hugger’s Handbook.
A review of “Why China Leads the World.” This book came out in 2020. It is not to be confused with “”When China Rules the World” which is from 2009. I have not read the latter but it sounds stupid, because the Chinese would not be foolish enough to try to rule the world.Only the…