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The current legislative extremism of the ruling GOP majority is already legendary. And over and over again I hear from the far-left the repeated mantra that Democrats need to move further left to win elections.
The graph above illustrates why -- you don't gain any new supporters by doubling down on the territory you already have. You have to find ways to accommodate something from the center to gain ground. This is the essence of the Median Voter Theorem.
"Ah, but wait!" you say -- "the Median Voter Theorem is so fraught with assumptions. In the real world, these conditions are rarely all true!"
True, true, my astute friend. However, statistics sees to that as well. It allows us to ask what we should expect to see given many many trials and sets of conditions, such that we get an even truer, richer, weighted average than we would from simply measuring a single empirical event. The central limit theorem tells us that with sample sizes large enough, the distribution o...
It's part of a broader misconception on the part of the techno-utopian set that the purpose of tech innovation is to replace human beings instead of augment us. We are being replaced now at a rate greater than ever before, as a result of the rise of machine learning.
Underlying that assumption is the dark, Orwellian belief that at its core, humanity is fundamentally hopeless, irrational, and must be controlled by some force: typically a small cadre of wise (and very rich!) men (...usually white) who are irrevocably convinced they know more about humanity than other people. Or perhaps a single, highly-authoritarian entity... not like anyone we know who is currently running for el presidente...
To wit: another presidential candidate you probably haven't heard about: Zoltan Istvan of the Transhumanist Party. I'mma let him speak for himself:
But the Anti-Enlightment period was the greatest philosophical era OF ALL TIME!:
This has been a fantasy since the Enlightenment, but despite...
Every political pundit (or even remotely connected cultural pundit) is tying themselves up in knots to find the reason(s) -- we know it's complex, yet cannot seem to stop ourselves from Finding The One True Reason behind all things -- behind the sheer absurdity of this U.S. presidential election. No one can find the meaning in Election 2016, because we appear to have hit Peak Meaninglessness.
It is the moral equivalent of the 2007-8 financial disaster we also fomented: overweaning hubris and overconfidence in our ability to book tomorrow's profits, today. We so strongly believe in the Power of Progress to make us better people that, combined with our increasing impatience for the Glorious Future, we simply demand to leverage our Future Awesomeness, Right Now. Why wait? Technology helps create the illusion that we can Be Anything we want, whenever we want, as quickly as we want, simply by thinking it so -- and without all the pesky drudgery of having to wait for it, like unsophistic...
Since even before John Locke bestowed upon us this philosophical power as makers, we've known: life requires heroism. Otherwise to live is not to live -- it is to pathetically toil in this factory or that, push these papers or those, wear this color collar or keep changing as you go.
It's good to be God.
But we can't make the mistake of imagining this is a static crown, or one due automagically. No -- one must do the work to accept the mantle of Maker, though should not want for options in self-training on this front. Then one must go the distance to keep growing, learning, changing with the times as they for sure will evolve.
The key is gaining competence without over-confidence -- the first mistake of pseudo-gods is mistaking ourselves for gods of higher stature and broader reach. It behooves us to cultivate humility about the skills we acquire, for teachers are yet students and even masters are the ones who devote themselves to lifelong learning of the craft. Ah but then we re...
“Life is the longest con of all. It is an elaborate and slowly unfolding Ponzi scheme with which we cheat death."
“We should all refuse to toil in the joyless Orwellian bureaucracy."