Awake in the Night Land

 

From the staggeringly talented John C. Wright - an epic collection of four of John C. Wright’s brilliant forays into the dark fantasy world of William Hope Hodgson’s 1912 novel, The Night Land.

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Two sweeping moral visions of guns

8 hours 29 min ago
Ross Douthat notes that mass shootings aren’t leading to legislative action, because we have a chasm between two sweeping moral visions of guns that is too wide to be bridged by incrementalism: The anti-gun moral vision regards America’s relationship to gun ownership as a kind of collective moral madness, a love affair with violence, a […]

An English professor interviews Frank Herbert in 1969

Sunday, 18 February 2018 07:29
In 1969, English professor Willis E. McNelly interviewed Frank Herbert on the origins of Dune: Herbert does in fact sound just like a sci-fi geek. At this point, the first novel had been quite successful — pulling in fifteen thousand dollars — and the second novel was about to come out under a new publisher. I […]

Katabasis leads to catharsis

Saturday, 17 February 2018 06:53
Depression serves a purpose: At the center of Hutson’s piece is Paul Andrews, an evolutionary psychologist at McMaster University in Canada. Andrews argues that depression may be “an adaptation for analyzing complex problems.” He sees it in the condition’s bouquet of symptoms, which include “anhedonia,” or an inability to feel much pleasure; people who are […]

Taleb’s style can be imitated but never fully mastered

Friday, 16 February 2018 07:03
Branko Milanovic thinks that Nassim Nicholas Taleb is one of the most important thinkers today: Taleb went from (a) technical observations about non-Gaussian distributions of some phenomena to (b) generalization of what this means for our perception of reality and the way we comprehend things (epistemology) to (c) methodology of knowledge and the role of […]

Premised on a sense of Authority and Seriousness

Thursday, 15 February 2018 07:33
In the conflict between the “Blue Church” (of the televised Mainstream Media) and the digital Insurgency, there are deep forces shifting: Attention is attention. By means of direct digital communications, the Insurgency has largely controlled the attention of legacy media (and by proxy the attention of its entire audience). Consider the infamous “covfefe” post of […]

A charismatic situation

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 07:54
The period after World War I in Europe was a charismatic situation, Xavier Marquez explains, when a number of people made charismatic claims more or less successfully: The most famous of these people was Hitler, in Ian Kershaw’s classic interpretation. If we conceptualize charisma merely as a sort of talent, Hitler was an unlikely candidate […]

This is the logic of lex talionis

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:57
William Ian Miller’s Eye for an Eye did not make it onto T. Greer’s top 10 reads list for 2017, but he did find it quite thought-provoking: Miller is an unusual creature: part law professor, part medievalist, Miller is equally comfortable discussing ancient Hittite legal decrees, the etymology of old Norse runes, the tropes of […]

Despite treating a caricature of a caricature with trivial algorithms

Monday, 12 February 2018 07:15
A few months back, while I was stepping through Techniques of Systems Analysis, Scipio Americanus recommended Keith R. Tidman’s The Operations Evaluation Group as “a fine overview of the development of the OR/OA field from the naval perspective.” I immediately ordered a copy, read it, and failed to achieve OR Enlightenment, so I didn’t get […]

Are small schools the next big thing?

Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:56
We started to see one-room schoolhouses again, but we’re calling them microschools: Coined by British education blogger Cushla Barry in 2010, the term refers to educational institutions that emphasize interdisciplinary project-based learning, building social skills such as communication and critical thinking, and tailoring instruction to the needs of each individual student. The schools tend to […]

It also sows doubt

Saturday, 10 February 2018 07:49
Something changed in the Middle East last December, when Israel declared its first squadron of F-35s operational: Numerically, the change seemed minor. The Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) 140 (“Golden Eagle”) Squadron has just nine F-35I Adir aircraft, scheduled to grow to fifty over the next three years. That’s a small number compared to the roughly […]

Communist-style incentives at work

Friday, 9 February 2018 07:38
While we were recently discussing flawed incentive systems, David brought up some Communist-examples: There’s an old story about a Soviet-era factory that made bathtubs. Plant management was measured on the total tonnage of output produced–and valves & faucets don’t add much to the weight, certainly not compared with the difficulty of manufacturing them. So the […]

Three negative archetypes

Thursday, 8 February 2018 16:23
Will Felps, who studies organizational behavior at the University of South Wales in Australia, secretly brought grad student Nick into his experiment, where groups were asked to construct a marketing plan for a start-up, and had him portray three negative archetypes — the Jerk (an aggressive, defiant deviant), the Slacker (a withholder of effort), and […]

Darwinism confirms the psychological and spiritual truths of the Fall

Thursday, 8 February 2018 07:44
Jim takes a neoreactionary look at fixing Christianity: Either we go with Darwin alone, or we go with a Christianity reconciled with Darwin.  Anything else is the death of European civilization.  And very few people can handle Darwin alone.  Most of those who claim that they can, are lying, and are in fact preaching progressivism, a […]

Silly, fun things are important

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:11
Yesterday’s Falcon Heavy test flight was impressive: Launching a Tesla roadster into space was, of course, a ludicrous stunt. Kids these days may not get the allusion to the opening scene of Heavy Metal: The South Park guys had quite a bit of fun — 10 years ago — spoofing that scene — and the […]

Under the old code we had ample condemnatory terms

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 07:19
Megan McArdle suggests that we listen to the “bad” feminists: How has the most empowered generation of women in all of human history come to feel less control over their bodies than their grandmothers did? Let me propose a possible answer to this, suggested by a very smart social scientist of my acquaintance: They feel this […]

Trying a bunch of stuff together

Tuesday, 6 February 2018 16:17
Peter Skillman’s design contest challenged each group to build the tallest possible structure using uncooked spaghetti, tape, string, and one marshmallow — to go on top: The fascinating part of the experiment, however, had less to do with the task than with the participants. Some of the teams consisted of business school students. The others […]

Early childhood development programs can only do so much

Tuesday, 6 February 2018 06:53
Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman’s four rules for raising successful children lean heavily on a 1980 program for growth-stunted toddlers in Jamaica: Trained health aides visited mothers living in poverty for an hour a week and coached them in how to stimulate their children through play. The intervention, run by British researcher Sally Grantham-McGregor, was simple but […]

They aren’t important enough to risk the system over

Monday, 5 February 2018 07:39
It is easy to imagine that politics would inevitably decay into legal battles, Anomaly UK notes, but, at least in established long-standing democracies, this rarely happens: Outside of the developed West, this is quite a common occurrence. The last few years have seen disputes over whether candidates acted lawfully in Ukraine, Venezuela, Honduras, just off […]

Give them living eulogies

Sunday, 4 February 2018 16:47
Megan McArdle offers her own 12 rules for life: Be kind. Mean is easy; kind is hard. Politics is not the most important thing in the world. It’s just the one people talk about the most. Always order one extra dish at a restaurant, an unfamiliar one. Give yourself permission to be bad. Go to the […]

We’re still living by Iron Age ethics

Sunday, 4 February 2018 07:30
We may be living in the 21st century, Razib Khan says, but we’re still living by Iron Age ethics: Something happened in the centuries around 500 BCE all around the world. Great religions and philosophies arose. The Indian religious traditions, the Chinese philosophical-political ones, and the roots of what we can recognize as Judaism. In […]

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