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Psychology

The Yanny/Laurel “debate” is a sign of the times

Another inanity sweeps the world. Another vacuous Tweet makes international headlines.

The Yanny/Laurel “debate” is surely a sign of the times we live in.

It is a “debate” devoid of nuance, encouraging more us vs. them mentality than independent and critical thought. Everyone is ready to jump into the fray, picking sides and st… Read more

“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy” — this is what western propaganda looks like

This video perfectly points out the extreme irony and hypocrisy of mainstream media, the seed that has helped grow today’s cult of group-thinking “news” watchers, reflexively regurgitating platitudes, smug in their presumed “informed”-ness but ultimately incapable of individual and critical thought.

Unless you a… Read more

Would you take financial advice from a lottery winner?

Obviously not, right?

What advice could possibly benefit you if the person lost thousands, possibly tens of thousands of dollars before lucking out and striking it rich?

Finance articles are littered with survivor bias — something important to know when facing a barrage of unsolicited advice from nobodies suggesting what to do with your money because i… Read more

Time to fear, AI assisted domination is here

Yesterday’s article points out that AI is far away from having a mind of its own and robot domination is irrational and unfounded.

However, that doesn’t mean that the role of AI is diminished in today’s world. In fact, a dangerous precedent is set when AI is used to accompany nefarious human behaviour.

When not used in a nefarious manner, i… Read more

No need to fear, AI domination is not near

In light of the recent news of a self-driving Uber car killing a pedestrian and Computing Forever’s warning of a pending AI takeover, it’s time to take a step back as usual and look at this issue from an unemotional, rational perspective.

Most of the “breakthroughs” in AI recently have been the result of big data mining. Computers g… Read more

Joe Rogan on a new type of human being: Instagram Whores and their ASSETS

On Joe Rogan’s podcast #1081 with evolutionary biologist couple Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, around the 1:07 mark Rogan references his new standup comedy material about the emergence of “Instagram Whores”, a new type of human being cultivated by social media:

In our culture today, one of the things that is a big standout as being

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Reaching critical mass: does being the first to implement a big data solution guarantee a monopoly?

We hear it all the time: break up Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al. because they have an information “monopoly”. Add the manipulation of their algorithms to serve the ideological agenda of their management, shadowbanning and censoring search results for example, the more reason to break them up for abusing their “monopoly”.

I… Read more

Propaganda journalism and misused prepositions: unnecessarily suggesting strong correlations

Stock market falls 10% as Trump suggests trade tariffs.

Gold stocks rise on rumours of Federal Reserve looking to inject more stimulus into the economy.

Oil tumbles around escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

BitCoin falls 20% amid Korea talk about cryptocurrency regulation.

Do these headlines sound familiar? Mainly becau… Read more

Why reasoning from first principles is considered “contrarian”

I found the “Four Quadrant Model” developed by Eric Weinstein an interesting take on the current state of thinking. After the Cathy Newman interview with Jordan Peterson, Weinstein applied his model to describe the phenomenon of how the mainstream narrative interacts with the counter-narrative, or stated alternatively: group-think ver… Read more

How much is social media group-think fueling financial bubbles like BitCoin? #HODL

I think now is as appropriate of a time as any to tie together two topics I’ve written about extensively on this blog: anti-social media and cryptocurrencies.

It’s hard to ignore the financial news from yesterday: cryptocurrencies with another double-digit percentage drop, stock markets dropping about 5%, volatility up 100%.

With regards … Read more