Thought Criminal

None of these tell the whole tale of any particular topic. Some of them don’t even represent opinions I agree with. But the point is that they provide good evidence for alternate points of view which may be closer to the truth.

  1.  Politics
    1. Mexifornia and Mexifornia (five years on).
    2. The Flight 93 Election
    3. Left Wing Authoritarianism
      1. Crushing on the Crushers
        Theodore Dalrymple explains the troubling legacy of left-wing academics and their quasi-romantic attachment to authoritarian and fascist regimes.
      2. Left-Wing Authoritarianism is not a myth
      3. The arguments for gay-marriage are logically fallacious
    4. Are conservatives less scientifically literate than liberals?
      The answer is basically, no. The correlations and associations between scientific literacy and political orientation are trivial and given sample sizes used, could disappear or break opposite.
  2. Education/College
    1. Doctoral Programs either select for individuals with or trigger mental illness
      The survey cited in the article can be found here. I suspect that a combination of factors: the desire to delay entry into the work force, a lifestyle built around a skill that can only be performed in short bursts (studying), the proliferation of fields whose work feels meaningless (rarely cited papers), fear of future joblessness, and poorly adjusted role models working as your supervisor all contribute to data like this.
    2. Academic papers in the humanities are rarely cited/read.
      Academia, as it is commonly understood is nearly worthless.
    3. Biologists don’t read papers with hard math
      This is alarming, but unsurprising since one of the greatest biologists of all time thinks hard math should be excised from the biology curriculum.
    4. Most social psychologists are liberals (no viewpoint diversity)
      Jonathan Haidt found 8 of them who were conservative, not 8,000 or 800.
    5. Many students show no improvement of critical thinking skill after college.
    6. Belief in microaggresions, trigger warnings, and so-on weaken students’ minds
    7. The Myth of Digital Natives
      Young people don’t know how to use electronics well and multitasking is impossible.
    8. Young People are less physically active than ever
      The study they cite is here. This is connected, of course, to our technology. But I think a major association we’re leaving out is the nature of the public school system as well. Making young people sit for 6-8 hours a day sure contributes to this. And while public schools existed in the past, the things young people did and were encouraged to do were radically different in the past.
    9. Peter Thiel’s criticism of higher education.
    10. High Schools are typically just liberal indoctrination.
  3. Ethics
    1. Giubilini, Alberto, and Francesca Minerva. “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?” Journal of Medical Ethics (2012)
      In the article above, the claim is made that infanticide is just as moral as abortion (and the authors approve of abortion). Get ready for practical questions of hospital behavior to be answered based on reasoning like this, for instance: Hospitals can pull life support on sick babies now.
  4. Science
    1. Why Most Published Research Findings Are False
      This is one of the most alarming studies I’ve read, but it’s an important reminder to use an engineering mindset with respect to appropriating scientific findings into your life.
    2. Fluoride Consumption and IQ Deficits
    3. Vegetarian Diets Decrease Sperm Count and Motility
      This probably should have been obvious.
  5. Crime
    1. The association between county-level IQ and county-level crime rates

    2. Intelligence is associated with criminal justice processing: Arrest through incarceration

    3. Correlations between estimates of state IQ and FBI crime statistics
    4. Intelligence and criminal behavior in a total birth cohort: An examination of functional form, dimensions of intelligence, and the nature of offending

    5. Individual and group IQ predict inmate violence

    6. On the genetic and environmental reasons why intelligence correlates with criminal victimization

  6. Vive la différence!
    1. Men and Women Have Different Partner Preferences
      1. Men are more attracted to strangers
      2. Violent Pornography is Viewed More Frequently by Women than Men
    2. Major Differences
      1. 6,500 genes with sexually differentiated expression
      2. Sex differences in personality hold across cultures
        Incidentally, in countries with traditional gender roles, the sex differences are less pronounced, but in egalitarian cultures sex differences in personality are more pronounced.
    3. Sexuality in General
      1. Only one form of sexual activity is generally safe and positively good for you.
        The form, of course, is PVI, unimpeded. All other forms of sexual activity are either neutral or actually unhealthy. Money quote: “one sexual activity (PVI and the orgasmic response to it) is associated with, and in some cases, causes processes associated with better psychological and physical functioning.”
  7. Theism and Atheism
  8. Markets