Monthly Archives: October 2013

Long Time Passing: Where Have All the Geniuses Gone?

Scholars who study genius — far from geniuses themselves — claim that humans only came to revere genius when they lost their belief in God or gods. Humans seem to need to “believe” in something, so it may as well … Continue reading

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Eric Drexler Still Devising Nanotech Solutions

Brian Wang lets us know that Eric Drexler has released a 108 page PDF of new nanotechnological solutions to important challenges. … Here the different aspects of APM [atomically precise manufacturing] that are needed to enable breakthrough advances in productive … Continue reading

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China’s Slow Motion Collapse?

The Chinese may “boast” that Peking University is one of the world’s best, “but no people really believe that.” Nowadays in China, he says, “the middle-class and rich persons and officials’ children—they’re sent to the U.S. to study. They know … Continue reading

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50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel?

A lot has happened since the potter’s wheel was invented over 5,500 years ago, the chariot wheel invented about 5,200 years ago [both in Mesopotamia], the waterwheel over 2,000 years ago [Greece] , and the wheelbarrow invented almost 2,000 years … Continue reading

Posted in Disruptive Technologies, Energy, innovation, Knowledge | Tagged | 4 Comments

School is the Place Where Children Learn to be Stupid

John Holt was an educator turned educational reformer and heretic. He was also something of a forerunner and patron saint of the Dangerous Child movement. The following John Holt quotes are from a Mother Earth News interview in 1980. It’s … Continue reading

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A Basic Outline on Learning

“Children do not need to be made to learn”, Holt maintains, because each is born with what Einstein called “the holy curiosity of inquiry”. For them, learning is as natural as breathing. _John Holt in “How Children Learn” There are … Continue reading

Posted in Knowledge, Learning Theory

Skeptics of the Shale Oil & Gas Revolution Get A Bad Shock

… overall [US shale] oil and gas production [is] growing at breakneck speed, according to the report, [and] it is being driven by “increases in drilling efficiency and new well productivity, rather than an increase in the number of active … Continue reading

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Primitive Humans are Controlled by Fear; Next Level Humans to be Controlled by a Balance of Reason

Brain Mind Limbic System Amygdala Fear is a deep and integral part of us. Humans can be literally “scared to death” — driven by extreme fear to a lethal arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, or fatal accident. Fear can make us … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Human Brain

Peak Oil: Meet Massive New Super-Giant Oilfield in Texas

Early estimate from Pioneer Natural Resources are than it could contain 50 billion barrels of recoverable oil, which would make it the second largest in the world, behind only the legendary Ghawar in Saudi Arabia. _RealClearEnergy The Spraberry Wolfcamp oilfield … Continue reading

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Risky Business

“Every [power] substation is controlled by the master, which is controlled by the operator,” says researcher Chris Sistrunk who, along with Adam Crain, found vulnerabilities in the products of more than 20 vendors. “If you have control of the master, … Continue reading

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A Dumbed World By Design

According to this New Yorker review, the world is filling up with dumb people. The New Yorker author doesn’t come out and admit such a thing — that would not be politically correct. But read between the lines and you … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous Child, Demographics, Sensitive and Critical Periods of Development

Everything You Think You Know Just Ain’t So: How Science Fails

You are being bamboozled by “science” and you don’t even know it. Everytime you hear about a “new scientific finding,” you are being hoodwinked in one way or another. What’s worse, government policymakers are making bets worth hundreds of billions … Continue reading

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Why Do Large Bureaucracies Behave Stupidly?

The shale energy revolution points out a weakness of large bureaucracies: They are unable to move quickly in an environment of risk and low margins. Exxon did not develop the Texas and North Dakota shale fields, but smaller and quicker … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: Unschooling, Government, Dark Enlightenment

Heather Callaghan’s account of her own “unschooling” experience is worth reading for those who are looking into that unconventional approach to education. It took a while for my brain to slow down the first year of not going to public … Continue reading

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Is This What Europe is Committing Suicide Over?

Contemporary “climate science” is more about computer models than the actual mechanisms of climate. In the graphic above, you can see a comparison between actual temperature observations vs the temperature projections of 90 climate models. (See Dr. Roy Spencer’s blog … Continue reading

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Obama Reinvigorates US Secession Movement

Disillusioned US citizens in several states have begun the process of filing for secession from either the US, or from their current state government. They have many divergent reasons for rejecting their current government, with secessionist Vermonters demanding new conditions … Continue reading

Posted in Demographics, Economics, Empire, Obama, Secession | 6 Comments

Living in the City vs Living in the Countryside

We live at a time when western societies are balanced on a razor’s edge. On the one side is the potential for a rapid explosion of technological wonders, resulting in longer and healthier lives with greater and greater opportunities to … Continue reading

Posted in City vs Country, Competence, Survival Prepping | Tagged | 2 Comments

Piss on the White Bitch

It could have been a lot worse that evening in St. Paul. Approached by four black men asking for directions while she was talking on her iPhone, she was abruptly dragged down to the sidewalk, her pants pulled down . … Continue reading

Posted in Blacks and crime, Situational Awareness | Tagged | 1 Comment

Obama Fears a Dying Russia

Putin is president of a dying Russia. But he can still kick US President Obama’s ass down the road whenever he wants. Even if Russia is no longer an full-fledged global superpower, it is still a nuclear weapons superpower — … Continue reading

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Europe: Just One Cold Winter from Frozen Oblivion?

As Europe plunges headlong into dependency on unreliable and intermittent sources of energy — wind/solar — the fearsome spectre of a killing cold winter begins peeking over the time horizon. Leading up to winter, various countries of Europe have been … Continue reading

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The Former British Colonies: An Example of the IQ Breakpoint?

The British Empire once comprised a large assortment of colonies and protectorates around the world, populated by a wide range of native peoples, colonists from more advanced nations, and imported workers from other parts of the Empire. The fate of … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Demographics, Economics, Empire, IQ | 3 Comments

A Brief Look at Race and Crime in America

There is something curious and counter-intuitive about the above Ron Unz graph of US homicide “rates” (actually correlation coefficients) by race in cities above 250K population. The black correlation coefficients appear fairly close, and the Asian coefficients appear suitably low, … Continue reading

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Learning about Learning: A Few Key Insights

Our first learning insight comes from Judy Willis, MD of UC Santa Barbara. Willis practised neurology for 15 years before becoming a schoolteacher and educational researcher. Dr. Willis provides an important insight into the motivation of young people when they … Continue reading

Posted in Cognition, Dangerous Child, Education, Learning Theory

The Importance of Being a Heretic

In a world where much of society — and even much of science — has succumbed to groupthink, it is refreshing to see a distinguished scientist who recognises the vital role of heretics in both science and society. As a … Continue reading

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An Amazing Opportunity for Science to Clean Up Its Own Act

The climate models that predicted a very small natural variability and that were used to fit the hockey stick temperature records cannot fit the recent proxy GST reconstructions casting doubts on their accuracy. __ Earth Science Reviews Something wonderful happened … Continue reading

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