March 30, 2013
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There’s a lot of talk out there on the decline of civilization, and how it shows clearly in a lower rate of technological progress, the general quality of public discourse, etc.
Well of course I also think that Western Civilization is in serious decline. Hell, that’s what the whole blog is about. But to say that no progress at all has been happening in the last decades would be overdoing it. That’s simply not true. As bad as some science is becoming (Global warming etc.) researchers worldwide, and especially in the Evil Empire of USG, are churning out good stuff. As Falkenstein said a while ago, reading modern cognitive science does make you feel smarter than the ancients.
I think what’s been advancing the most is the Science of Stupidity. Cognitive science has been booming in the last years, and it shows. Fuck Pinker, but people like Haidt or Gazzaniga have been doing really great stuff about how the mind works. And while Yudkowsky is a bit of an ass, Robin Hanson’s writings have made me understand a lot of things that I didn’t before. The sheer amount of cognitive biases in people’s thinking is just staggering. Yet true.
You see, what’s most stupefying about the world is not the sheer amount of stupid people, but the sheer amount of stupidity per se. I get the biological reasoning behind dumb people, genes selection and all that. But what makes no much sense is all those dumb ideas thrown away by people who should know better. That used to bug me to no end. Now I know better, thanks to Hanson and others. I wouldn’t say it’s made me happier, but I am much more at peace with the world now. Most of the time.
But sometimes I just can’t help it. The New York Times just put a goddamn op-ed saying that fag marriage is natural because, you see, snails fertilize themselves. Or something like that. Oh yeah and cherry trees have two sets of gametes in each flower. Does it matter? Even if all carbon-based living beings were heterosexual and monogamous, some astronomer would come up and say that some systems have dual stars ergo dudes should be able to marry and adopt pretty boys.
I did lose faith in most intertribal dialogue a long time ago. Now it seems that it’s biologically determined. Funnily enough, liberal insanity is as much a part of HBD as the racial gap or the IQ distribution. Nydwracu is trying to base neo-reaction on our newly acquired understanding of human group psychology. I propose the first tenet to be: stop talking to leftists. It’s no use.