Awake in the Night Land

 

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Secularization is a thin culturally conditioned dusting atop a religious cognitive substrate

3 hours 45 min ago
Razib Khan recommends Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict as a cross between In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion and Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth — but with the novel addition of these four modes of atheism: Personality (low social intelligence) Hyper-analytic […]

Even quite competent engineers can be very unreliable

12 hours 46 min ago
While discussing how development programs can go awry, Techniques of Systems Analysis paraphrases the cover story from Time magazine’s January 30, 1956 issue: The ICBM program suffered from a lack of support because the guidance problems were so severe that the rest of the program was not pushed. The unexpected development of the H-bomb suddenly made even […]

Successful games yield “a-ha moments”

Monday, 16 October 2017 16:05
A national security game designer at RAND describes how games can help America take advantage of different potential futures: [A] recent RAND project designed a game-theoretic model of conflict in space to identify conditions that support deterrence. The research team developed an initial model of possible decisions an actor could make to escalate or de-escalate […]

Nobody should object to buying insurance even if he doesn’t have a fire

Monday, 16 October 2017 07:37
Development projects provide options, Techniques of Systems Analysis emphasizes: We often hear statements that the major reason for doing a Systems Analysis is that development programs are so expensive and it is crucial that none of them be wasted; therefore, all development programs should be tied into a system, designed as a whole. Nothing could […]

Six turning and four burning

Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:25
The Convair B-36 Peacemaker was the largest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft ever built, with the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built: The genesis of the B-36 can be traced to early 1941, prior to the entry of the United States into World War II. At the time it appeared there was a very real chance […]

It would be sensible to spend even a few billion dollars

Sunday, 15 October 2017 07:06
The history of the B-36 is a “slightly atypical but not extreme” example of how difficult it is to prepare for an uncertain future, Techniques of Systems Analysis explains: It was designed during World War II when people were thinking first of Germany and then of Japan as the enemy. It was designed to carry high explosives. […]

Labour repression & the Indo-Japanese divergence

Saturday, 14 October 2017 16:05
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Indian and the Japanese textile industries had similar levels of wages and productivity, and both were exporting to global markets: But by the 1930s, Japan had surpassed the UK to become the world’s dominant exporter of textiles; while the Indian industry withdrew behind the tariff protection of the […]

Professors tend to be poor businessmen

Saturday, 14 October 2017 07:41
Some of the most crucial uncertainties that bedevil a Systems Analysis come in the realm of technological progress, Techniques of Systems Analysis explains: It is at least partly because these are so hard to predict that the scholarly type has become useful on the policy level. We think that, if experienced men are available whose […]

Near-net forging for larger, less expensive aircraft structures

Friday, 13 October 2017 15:58
Arconic in Pittsburgh manufactures parts for the F-35, including some really big parts: What sets Arconic apart from its competitors is the strength of the alloys it produces — often using patented formulas — and its ability to take many components and manufacture them as a single piece, reducing weight and bulk, said Eric Roegner, […]

Preserving a capability for fighting a whole spectrum of limited wars can be difficult

Friday, 13 October 2017 07:35
Techniques of Systems Analysis notes some strategic changes that may be important — looking into the future from the 1950s: For example, it is very possible that future wars, like Korea, will include all kinds of target or other limitations, particularly as to the number or yield of atomic weapons that can be used. Three important […]

What would this look like if it were easy?

Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:06
What would this look like if it were easy?, Tim Ferriss likes to ask: It’s easy to convince yourself that things need to be hard, that if you’re not redlining, you’re not trying hard enough. This leads us to look for paths of most resistance, creating unnecessary hardship in the process. But what happens if […]

We presume that we can depend on Texas

Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:38
Hegemonies, alliances, and neutral areas continually change, Techniques of Systems Analysis warns: We must keep our system sufficiently flexible to meet these changes. This means, for example, that we cannot rely on any particular set of foreign bases, though presumably we can place a fairly high reliance on having at least a portion of them […]

There is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:54
The Washington Post is willing to print a fact-checker column noting that there is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer, unless one also thinks a jackhammer is quiet: The Environmental Protection Agency developed the noise-reduction rating (NRR), which explains how much a product might reduce noise in decibels. The decibel scale is […]

First time anyone came up to my average

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:21
An important source of uncertainty, Techniques of Systems Analysis notes, is degradation of estimated performance: Notice we said degradation, not variation. The reader is undoubtedly familiar with examples of this effect. For instance one might ask a porter what his average tip is. He answers $2.00. You give him $2.00 and he says, “First time anybody came up […]

What’s killing us?

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:46
Mike Huemer looks at what’s killing us: The top causes of death almost never appear in political discourse or discussions of social problems. They’re almost all diseases, and there is almost no debate about what should be done about them. This is despite that they are killing vastly more people than even the most destructive […]

Just three percent of adults own half of America’s guns

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 12:44
The Washington Post‘s Wonkblog notes that just three percent of adults own half of America’s guns but has the sense to note that this is the same pattern we see everywhere. It’s frankly terrifying that so many guns are concentrated in the hands of collectors who have no interest in killing anyone.

A close examination makes the precise imprecise

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:13
Techniques of Systems Analysis notes that there are almost always large uncertainties when it comes to costs: At first sight, costs look like a pretty concrete thing. You just grab an accountant and put him to work. However, as always, a close examination makes the precise imprecise. As we will explain later, when we talk about […]

He does not mean that the state of Denmark needs to adjust its tax rate

Monday, 9 October 2017 16:15
I recently shared a video about how American animated films have progressed from conservative fairy tales to liberal allegories as CGI technology has transformed the filmmaking process: T. Greer doesn’t quite agree with the videomaker’s characterization: Perhaps a better phrase for these films would be “Mencian fairy tales.” Ancient China nerdery is strong among my […]

He was a very different person than when he wrote “Imagine”

Monday, 9 October 2017 12:05
Today is John Lennon’s birthday. What most people don’t realize is that by 1979 Lennon was embarrassed by his former radicalism, according to Fred Seaman, who was his assistant at the time: John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy […]

Be aggressive, audacious, and possibly even reckless

Monday, 9 October 2017 07:03
Techniques of Systems Analysis eventually moves past offense to “consider what happens when the enemy drops bombs on us — an unpleasant but necessary part of our study”: We believe that it is reasonably correct to say that western military leaders (historically) have a bias for the offense. It is easy to see why this might […]

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