Isegoria: I have definitely mentioned Lanchester’s square law before, and I was quite surprised Fernandez did not mention it in his piece. It was L. C. Rees who mentioned the “Death from a Distance” thesis, in a comment on how Targeting Makes Us Human.
Alrenous: Lanchester’s square law, which I first saw referenced here, which I believe was linked from this blog: The power of a force like tanks scales with the square of the size of the force. If you manage to kill a couple before they can turn their guns on you, an even fight quickly turns to your advantage.
Toddy Cat: There’s no doubt that the Sherman got a bad rap; as no less an authority as George Patton pointed out, tank-on-tank comparisons don’t mean a whole lot, what matters is operational deployment and doctrine. There was a lot of “Wehrmacht-envy 221; in the 1970′s and 1980′s, spurred on by the like of Martin Van Crevald, and the sort of “what if Superman and Batman got in a fight?” type comparisons that Fernandez is criticizing are a function of this....
Gwern: Candide III: How much has diminishing returns set in for various forms of plant and animal breeding (oil content, milk yield, meat yield, feed-to-meat conversion efficiency, growth rate)? Or for very long-term selection experiments like the E. coli experiment? Yes, maybe there’s some upper limit to human biology where diminishing returns sets in sharply, but given that there are thousands of variants influencing intelligence, no one has ever come close to having all of the good ones....
Isegoria: The Wikipedia article is listing the claimed kills of one particular regiment. I don’t know where Fernandez got his four Tigers.
Marc Pisco: Fernandez writes “four Tigers died in the massacre”; the Wikipedia article he quotes says one Tiger and one Panzer IV. Careless.
Slovenian Guest: He is making the rounds, here are two more: Peter Thiel w/ Glenn Beck “Glenn Beck sat down with Silicon Valley Guru and author Peter Thiel about his book “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” on The Blaze TV. ” & Peter Thiel on Uncommon Knowledge “In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, guest Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s leading investors and thinkers, discusses his new book Zero to One. In it Thiel explains his theories on...
Jonathan: There are many such characters in blogs because readers reinforce their behavior by responding to extreme opinions, and to extremely confident opinions, and because many bloggers and blog commenters are head cases to begin with. It’s just the nature of the Internet.
Alrenous: I’m the opposite way around. If I succeed too fast it seems boring to me. I prefer to succeed at things that are far too difficult to succeed at the first time, or even the tenth time.
CMOT: You may remember Caitlin from such hits as Inside the ‘manosphere’ that inspired Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger, where she managed to get just about every verifiable fact wrong.