Book Review: Weapons of Math Destruction

Don't Worry About the Vase

Epistemic Status: Minus One Million Points

Shortness Status: Long (this is a proposed new norm I want to try out, in the sense of ‘apologies for writing a long letter, I did not have enough time to write a shorter one.’ By contrast, Against Facebook was longer in words, but would be short.)

Weapons of Math Destruction is an easy read, but a frustrating one.

The book claims to be about the misuse of big data and machine learning to guide decisions, how that harms people and leads to bad outcomes, and how to fix it. The distortions of aiming at and rewarding what we are measuring rather than what we actually want worries me more and more. It is one of the biggest issues of our age, so I was excited to read a new take on it, even if I expected to already know the bulk of the…

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The True Nature of Enlightenment

From Narcissism to Nirvana

It has been some time since my last post.  For the past month my journey has continued to deepen.  I have now passed fully through the eye of enlightenment, only to find that there is no such thing – there is only our natural state of being – and a return to it.  This post is just to summarize a few basic observations on the nature of reality.


Human beings are part of a larger cosmic expression – one beyond our comprehension. Yet within this great unknowable we find all that we truly need to know. It is love…

It is love and we are of it. All things are of it. The very nature of our reality is an expression of love, told in the language of science. Where science fails to shine its light, spirituality emerges to push us beyond dogma and belief.

If we express the nature…

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The Suicidal Civilization: Technopessimism and the Coming Collapse

Techno Occulture

…suicide is the decisive political act of our times.
― Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Precarious Rhapsody
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
― Emile Cioran, The Trouble with being Born

Base materialism begins in the tomb, a world of death that presents itself as life. This is neither Plato’s Cave, nor the scientific infinity of stars and the abyss. This is rather an ocean of energy, a realm of annihilating light and inexistence. Following Nick Land we promote a diagnostic truth against the “speculative, phenomenal, and meditative” philosophers of a false intuitionism, following instead the underbelly of those criminal outcasts of thought: Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Bataille among others toward a materialism that seeks not the phenomenal surface of things, but rather the ‘noumenon’ – the impersonal death and unconscious drive of an “energetic unconscious”. This is an experiential turn toward an heretical empiricism not of knowledge, but of…

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When Life Gets You Down: Therapy For Writers

When Life Gets You Down: Therapy For Writers

I’m going to wager that many, no most, writers have some strong commonalities. We all have responsibilities outside of our writing. Pretty much every one of us has a family – whether it’s children, spouses, parents, grandchildren, siblings – who we gladly give our time and love to. Many of us have a job. There’s always laundry to do, food to buy, the next book waiting to be written. We live in a fast-paced, information packed world where we’re expected to balance the books, clean, connect online, communicate offline, care, cook, be average…but unique, and smile no matter what.

I think it’s safe to say, there are days we find life exhausting.

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The cold facts about the Paris Agreement, global warming, & the Constitution

The cold facts about the Paris Agreement, global warming, & the Constitution

Fabius Maximus website

Summary: Trump revoked the Paris Agreement. This sent the Left into hysterics. Are their fears justified? How will this affect the climate? Was the Agreement invalid because it lacked Senate ratification? Here are the answers (in brief, with links to more information). It’s not complex. It’s just a matter of what journalists conceal.

Climate Change Choices

A defining characteristic of our time, and one of our greatest dangers, is that both Left and Right have gone mad (i.e., destabilized, bonkers) — attacking the rest of us and America. Today’s it’s the Left’s turn at bat, as they have hysterics over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate agreement. For those that wish to see their unscientific fantasies about the consequences, Anthony Watts has collected a choice sample.

More useful, but less entertaining, is this analysis in Nature Climate Change by Luke Kemp (lecturer in climate and environmental policy at Australian National…

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