Virdism: why I’m racist

Imagine for a moment that you subscribe to an ideology called Virdism. Virdism is a complex and deep ideology. You probably should call it a religion, rather than an ideology. But that’s neither here nor there. I want to focus on a specific peculiar property of Virdism: Virdism insists as a matter of fact that […]

Interest = competency

Had an interesting insight in the shower just now Moldbug has a quote that goes something like “everyone is right-wing with respect to their domain of competency” (verbiage mine). The example he gave was a 25 year old female kindergarten teacher. (Let’s assume pre-woke kindergarten teacher…). She will have typical 25-year-old girl opinions on any […]

Entropism and the consciousness spectrum

Entropism (at least my version) is derived from the insights of Information Theory. The basic idea is that the physical laws of the universe place hard constraints on what sort of large-scale distributed computation is possible. If you imagine that a civilization as a very large distributed computer program, then these physical laws propagate into […]

QAnal is exactly Entropist mathematics

The two thinkers who have had the most influence on my thinking are Norman Wildberger and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. In a sense, my two big projects are a reflection of each school of ideas: QAnal is Wildberger’s influence, and Entropism is Taleb’s influence. There’s a rough idea here that I haven’t quite figured out how […]

Preference falsification: common sense in the back, compliance in the front

Watering the streets Last summer a massive typhoon hit southern Japan, Taiwan, and eastern China. In Taiwan and Japan, such things are minor annoyances. Not so in communist China. You would think that a 5000-year-old civilization whose mythology centers almost entirely around managing floods would have the whole “managing floods” thing sorted out. But apparently […]

The chromopill

This was originally a Substack post. I would like to congratulate zxq9 on contracting me as his new star columnist. This is a major milestone for his publication, and you should all be proud of him. Every system that works rests upon a foundation of useful lies. There are three stages in understanding this Blue […]