Ross: Let’s see. Main character has doubts, falls from grace. Must go on somehow, despite being tribeless. In a crux moment, acknowledges Gnon, is welcomed back in without rancor and aspersions, returns to fight with all his will, and although is physically destroyed in the process, he saves those around him, and his eternal soul. Almost sounds like the elevator pitch for Mencius Moldbug’s coming of age story.
Morris: Eunuchs in China lived seven years longer than other men and never developed male pattern baldness. 2,000 years of observation cannot be denied.
Isegoria: You know, medicine is not an exact science, but we are learning all the time.
Isegoria: Amazon does not look like a lifestyle business. SpaceX might qualify though. Amazon simply looks like a high-growth company that keeps reinvesting its profits rather than doling out dividends.
Isegoria: Elite overproduction is a problem because the elites aren’t super-productive; rather, they have to split the relatively fixed economic rents into thinner and thinner slices. A civilization with a legal system and lawyers is more productive than one without, but doubling the number of lawyers doesn’t double the gains from having a good legal system.
Isegoria: The linked article doesn’t mention Pong. Instead it conjures up the image of Captain America’s shield. I thought of the SDF-1′s pinpoint barrier (from Robotech).
Alrenous: The good emperor raises good feelings for the government, accelerating its cancerous growth. As the host is choked out, the cultural immune system rallies a bit and there’s a remission, but the cancer always rallies in turn and kills the patient.
Carrick: Maybe the old and derided technique of bloodletting to cure illness wasn’t entirely misguided.
Phil B.: As another observation, the discrepancy between male and female heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases under approximately age 45 is marked but once over age 45, the discrepancy disappears. The reason? Every month, females dump a lot of blood and reduce the amount of iron in their bodies. After menopause, they don’t. A coincidence? What do you think?
Charles W. Abbott: I am never really convinced that the test scores in Africa mean what we think they mean. Especially, I fear that they are measuring crystallized knowledge rather than “raw horsepower.” I think until you have a reading culture, a test-taking culture, and the whole academic ethos of Scarsdale, it’s not clear to what extent the scores are comparable across cultures and continents. That is not to say that I disbelieve the scores, or that I consider the scores to be of no...