Diversity and Nations of Laws.

Diversity and Nations of Laws.

I usually try to be at least somewhat timely in commenting on or expanding on an article posted by someone else, but I'm only now getting around to expanding on a few points in the excellent article the Didact wrote. The Dirt World is one in which the rule of law is considered anything from a quaint anachronism to a bad joke. It is a world in which bribery, corruption, nepotism, and elitist snobbery are ways of life, not exceptions to the rule. It is a world in which there is a vast underclass of peons who labour and live…

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Equitable?

Equitable?

The internet, of course, gave us Poe’s Law: without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, parodies of extreme views will be mistaken by some readers or viewers as sincere expressions of the parodied views. So of course, given the rise of social justice warriors, race baiting, feminism, etc., more and more things become normalized enough that they cannot be parodied. Take this recent article from the Huffington Post, about a new app called “Equitable”: The app, called Equitable, is designed to split group restaurant bills based on gender and racial wage gaps. So if you’re a…

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Failure Scopes... a continuation

Failure Scopes... a continuation

One other thought related to the Moleneux / Adams interview I already mentioned. Any system or ideology has to account for failure, and scope is important here. As I alluded to in my poor handling of the twitter idiot: LastRedoubt ‏@vfm_5411 LastRedoubt Retweeted Sami Sundell Removing a mole, and a limb, are merely degrees of removing body tissue… 3:05 PM – 30 Aug 2016 It’s trivial to show that a difference in degree can have a non-linear impact. Slicing off the tip of the finger and you may have a scar, but unless it gets infected, no practical impact…

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Diversity

Diversity

There is a common, belief that “diversity” is a moral good. That is unalloyed bullshit. It is at best value neutral. Would you trust a steel that was “diverse” with random materials tossed in for “diversity”? If you penned up sheep and wolves together, how “diverse” will your collection of beasties remain? And how many sheep will remain? Diversity is only good or bad in an antifragile sense – to the degree to which it allows multiple solutions to a problem to be tried, with the ones that do not work, or work much less effectively, weeded out. It’s moral…

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