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This month we have another special AAQC recognition for @drmanhattan16. This readthrough of Helen Joyce’s Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality garnered several AAQC nominations throughout the month:
Now: on with the show!
Quality Contributions Outside the CW Thread
- "Some of it reflects the modern youth being far more reviewable ('seeable-to-a-state') than any demographic in history, at far smaller scales, and social pressures encouraging that review."
- "Things like porn and pizza are not existential threats. The existential threat is the mismatch between a technological society's requirements and human social and cognitive reality."
- "Srinivasan's book, The Network State is largely an attempt to envision how recent technological developments – mostly, crypto – might enable the formation of alternative societies that look quite a bit like what Stephenson envisioned."
- "Mice live two years, scientists have shown that you can take differentiated T cells (not stem cells!), stimulate them with a virus, transfer them to a new mouse and so on and so forth for more than 10 years (!)."
- "Now that I think about it, not much has changed since 1988 and 'The IQ Controversy, the Media and Public Policy.'"
- "Poor areas are not awful because of tragic dirt; they are awful because they are filled with stupid, violent, impulsive people."
- "So if we set aside the grimdark sci-fi scenarios for the moment, what are some near-term risks of humans using AI for evil?"
- "At the end of the day, the barrier for gay sex is so insanely low that any 'competition' that happens is purely elective."
- "The Yad Vashem 'Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names' includes both people who survived and people who died. "
Contributions for the week of December 26, 2022
- "So I might hold a genuine belief, but have no interest in marginalizing myself by advocating it or implementing it in a useless way, while having an ultimate interest in implementing the idea in an effective way."
Contributions for the week of January 2, 2023
- "The Penfield Mood Organ and Me: Are We Already Transhuman by Chemistry and Mnemonics Rather than Engineering?"
- "I think it's worth recapping American political history during the period during which Millennials became politically aware."
- "The current scientific knowledge on optimizing muscle growth states that muscle growth mainly depends on 2 key variables under your control: daily protein intake and weekly workout volume. I'll go into each of these before mentioning other stuff."
- "Historically, the key event which formed Ukraine was the Polish Lithuanian commonwealth forming in 1569 (from a centuries long personal union)."
- "But Christian conservatives I can only ever see as fair-weather friends - maybe we're allied on this particular political issue, but if your social milieu had gone another way, then we would've been enemies."
Contributions for the week of January 9, 2023
- " I am suspicious of the frequency with which (what are probably in all cases entirely predictably) 'mishandled documents' is becoming everyone's favorite 'gotcha!'"
- "Transportation and housing are incredibly tightly linked in my view, since the point of living somewhere is to get to the locations you want to."
- "God is a bulwark in many ways, but the fact that I am committed to him in a durable way, and so are those I surround myself with, is certainly not the least of them."
- "The real point is: eugenicists, too, wanted to prevent existential risks arising from dysgenic civilizational collapse."
- "For the better part of the last decade, at nearly every stage in the Ukraine crisis, Putin has had agency on how to proceed, and keeps fucking it up..."
Contributions for the week of January 16, 2023
- "And 'putting a hippy-dippy sheen on processes designed to make money' describes quite a bit of what WEF does, really."
- "Ironically, the backstory of the final trilogy could have been the first film of it and garnered critical acclaim! Call it Fall Of Skywalker."
- " If Ukraine is willing to fight -- and polling indicates that they are -- then NATO has no reason to disrupt this status quo."
Contributions for the week of January 23, 2023
- "When you grow up in an atmosphere where all the information about a practice is freely available, when many of the practices have already slowly secularized and been unbundled from religion, it is very easy to become a tourist going here and there, and never matching the achievements of a true pilgrim who sets out for a specific destination and knows where they're going."
Contributions for the week of January 30, 2023
- "It's physically possible to discuss the material without endorsing it (although whether such discussion would prepare students for an AP exam...), but do you really expect the average classroom to manage it?"
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SS: I make a case for drastically cutting back on education. I argue that education doesn’t achieve its desired goals. The material is irrelevant and students forget much of the material. Most information taught in schools is quickly accessible with a smartphone. Education might be warranted if it boosted cognitive ability but it appears to be increasing IQ scores rather than actual ability to think.