I was talking to my housemate today, who studied Public Policy in school, about how to know when the effort to remove barriers to upward mobility among historically disadvantaged groups can be considered ‘complete’. This is a question of critical importance, and one which social movements themselves might be the only barometers for. The popular… Read More Introducing Myself to Black Lives Matter, and a Roundup of Street Interviews
My initial email: Professor [X], After flipping through your study re: the heritability of IQ under different SES environments and formative circumstances, as well as a couple blog posts of yours and your podcast with [Y], I see that you are massively aware of the mind-boggling causal uncertainty at the heart of the debate, and… Read More Discussing the Origins of Interracial Disparities with Another Public Intellectual
I present to you “A Plea for Humanity I”, an opinion piece not appearing in Rutgers University’s Daily Targum by an alt-right apologist There is little question that mankind’s track record is disheartening, to say the least, when it comes to averting the negative consequences of mass hysteria. From Solomon Asch’s famed experiments on groupthink… Read More A Plea for Humanity I
As one who wearies of the fact that the wetware of my fellow mankind – as diverse as it may be – all tends toward an aptitude for furnishing ‘beliefs’ on the basis of maximized conversational utility rather than empirical reality, I have come to place a great emphasis on tweaking my own conversational algorithm… Read More The Scarlet R: Why I (Sometimes, Conditionally) Call Myself a Racist
I’ve been reading a lot of Julian Huxley lately and, as usual, have been worrying about the fates of all the useless people of the world. There will be as many of them as we at able to feed. If Huxley is right, then human fulfillment is the end goal of the secular humanist religion.… Read More “Human Fulfillment”
Here is an email correspondence I’ve been having with an unnamed public intellectual who is skeptical of the durability of the culturist explanations for human inequality, and who believes that the pegging of human rights discourses to dubious assumptions is an extremely dangerous thing. Professor X, I am of the fledgling intellectual breed of people… Read More An Email Correspondence with a Public Intellectual, and an Unsent Explanation about Confirmation Bias and the Futility of Objective, ‘Final’ Truth.
Our fates as humans are inextricably bound to one another. We are like passengers flying on the same plane. A few of us on this plane have realized that the cabin crew has fallen asleep on the job. We are now banging on the cockpit door, hoping to wake them before the plane enters into… Read More A Human Rights Contingency Plan