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Boldly going nowhere

How Star Trek explains the decline of liberalism. A bit long in the setup, but a good read.

What if Western Civilization already is meritocratic?

His solution is fascinating.

A lot of the resistance to this idea will come from a visceral dislike of anything that smacks of eugenics, for understandable historical reasons. But the main objection to eugenics, at least in the form it usually takes, is that it involves discriminating against disadvantaged groups, whether minorities or people with disabilities. What I’m proposing is a form of eugenics that would discriminate in favour of the disadvantaged.


Can’t argue with it

The unofficial car of Idaho is the Suburu Outback, which, from my observation is absolutely true.

What slippery slope?

Euthenasia, made legal in Belgium a decade ago, becomes common for more and more illnesses, some of which aren’t terminal.

There is a line between saving a life and not letting someone die by keeping them alive medically and once you cross that line it is kinder to end, rather than prolong, their suffering. But the mentally ill are, by definition, incapable of making that decision rationally.

Some light reading

On the pathological nature of trigger warnings.

Free speech: how gauche. I link to a review of it, reading the original article is also highly recommended.

This androgynous review of Lightspeed’s latest issue is hilarious.

Why it is impossible to teach the liberal arts today.

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Top Gear is back on Amazon Prime! I really didn’t expect Amazon, I thought for sure it would be Netflix.

Microwaves: you can’t explain that.

So this EM drive keeps baffling scientists by working, despite breaking our known laws of physics.