Follow no one, not even yourself: How to be right about more-or-less anything, most of the time

First published on 24 October 2022. A lot of people try to make predictions about the future based on observations about the past. Of course, however, the only reality we truly experience is the present. But the present is the past moving forward to the future. This ineluctable truth reveals the inexorable flow of time. … Continue reading Follow no one, not even yourself: How to be right about more-or-less anything, most of the time

The 90s are back, kinda

The 1990s were full of crazy ideas. The ‘end of history’, the ‘clash of civilizations’, and the ‘coming anarchy’ could not all be true, right? But they were all true. We are, as another 90s prophet argued, ‘back to the future’. The 90s are back, baby. Well, kinda. Let me explain. Welcome to the 20s. … Continue reading The 90s are back, kinda

Mearsheimer, Sanders, Ye: The trinity of American truth-tellers

Let me consider three people who have told some truths about the world: 1. John Mearsheimer, 2. Bernie Sanders, and 3. Kanye West. Let me explain. The truth. Kanye West is an artist. And yet people interpret his statements as factual assertions. How bizarre! It is like taking Homer’s epic poetry or Dante’s Inferno as … Continue reading Mearsheimer, Sanders, Ye: The trinity of American truth-tellers

OJ, MJ, Kanye: How the media demonises our heroes in the name of antiracism — and how reconciliation would be truer model of justice for all

As I get a little older I realise life is perspective And my perspective may differ from yours - Kendrick Lamar, The Heart Part 5 I have considered how universities employ tacitly racist arguments in the name of antiracism. But now I would like to consider how mass media also employs racist tactics of divide … Continue reading OJ, MJ, Kanye: How the media demonises our heroes in the name of antiracism — and how reconciliation would be truer model of justice for all

Why the people know best, and elites know nothing

The people know best, and the elites know nothing. I would like to demonstrate this fact with reference to the knowledge of elites themselves, and compare this knowledge to the understanding of the people. I argue that wisdom, or reason, can balance between the factual nonsense of elites, on the one hand, and the real … Continue reading Why the people know best, and elites know nothing

Further arguments against the New York Times theory of Jacob Collier

Since the New York Times effectively announced Jacob Collier as a magical musical reawakening of the ghost of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, I have been puzzling over why anyone — yet alone professional musicians — have been so taken by this amateurish imitation of better musicians like Clare Fischer, whose harmonies are the basis for much … Continue reading Further arguments against the New York Times theory of Jacob Collier