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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
Combat Epistemologist
Interests: literature, bourbon, vintage electronics, big data, hapkido, game theory, theology, political & analytic philosophy, computer augmented decision support, spycraft, creole cuisine, asian jazz fusion, bbq, electronica, historical fiction, beef cattle, fast cars, and anything that fits into a 19 inch rack.
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Supernova Era by Liu Cixin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a very imaginative book best approached with no preconceived notions. It certainly isn't as dark as Liu's previous trilogy, nor is it as complex. It is a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Cobb
Nevertheless I have a great deal of respect for history, political economy and political philosophy. So I am trying to do that on Facebook very well conscious that Facebook is not..say.. Cooper Union.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2019 on The Myth of Trumpism at Cobb
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I do not defend Republicans. I did 10 years ago and that's how most people know me on Facebook. All I can say most simply is that I perceive that most people have internalized the idea that the personal is political and thus have engaged in large culture wars through a political framework of social engineering. I'm interested in both maintaining trust in democratic institutions and rationality & civility in social discourse. But today's politics do neither. Nevertheless I have a great deal of respect for history, political economy and political philosophy. So I am trying to do that on Facebook very well conscious that Facebook is not..say.. Cooper Union. My conscientiousness on these matters is a function of my personality and NOT a function of political partisanship. So I have a very hard time communicating that I care that certain ideas are accepted by the public and that I would be a vociferous advocate but I don't care which party takes the credit. Part of the problem is that parties take too much credit. So I think it is useful, per above, to say so as a computer scientist (for example). More simply stated, political parties not only have no monopoly on truth, they don't bother acknowledging it if it doesn't aggregate power to their side. The very process of truth discovery has been politicized. So perish the thought that I am acting on behalf of any partisanship. There are still truths about Democrats that Republicans ignore and vice versa. I hope I navigate this better in the future with the understanding that there are objective ways of evaluating policy and principle even as both parties seek to make it all subjective. This is another way of me saying that Left and Right, although useful dimensions are not all of the dimensions of thought that are beneficial to society and to democratic processes. Again. As a member of a disruptive industry that has disintermediated many institutions, I understand very well the capacity of 'computer thought' to be as complex and explicit as law and policy. It's my profession.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2019 on The Myth of Trumpism at Cobb
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Yes. Conservatives are confused. They are not acting consistently to principle. I say that's because they are Republicans and Republicans have practically abandoned principle for the sake of power. The Right is incoherent, and I think by definition, they are waiting for the next charismatic to mouth the magic words. They have gone over to populism just like the Democrats did. Neither party is capable of making policy - instead they are making and milking memes they hope to use to aggregate an electoral majority. This overwrought overfunded overreach is unprincipled. So both parties are willing, for example, to put the institution of the Electoral College up for grabs. Why? Beacuse they rely in incumbency and are already unleashed with their gerrymandering schemes. Principled arguments have no room in this, our current political environment. We have to reach all the way back to abortion rights, We have to reach all the way back to voting rights. Why? Because there is nobody elected on principle that can possibly deal with the actual broken policies and even most of the law enforcement responsibilities. Instead, the parties would rather rehash a 30 year old culture war. Yes. Absurd and stupid battles, and no I don't pay enough attention to this circus to know about a t-shirt at highschool. I've already reasoned my way out of it. Yes such reactionaries need to be defenestrated. I only hear Eric Weinstein saying so.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2019 on The Myth of Trumpism at Cobb
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Q: Would you consider Donald Trump to be a visionary leader? A: No. Donald Trump is a boss. He yells people into submission. For a certain class of people over a certain class of problems, this is a very effective... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Cobb
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Somebody asked me, because why I dunno, which superhero I would rather be. For some reason I have been thinking about them, and it occurred to me in a flash that I'd like to be Aquaman. There are several things... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Cobb
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Q: Despite being a sinner, could a Christian still be honest and objective enough to examine the moral attitudes of atheist progressives and leftists, and form conclusions accordingly? A: It’s almost impossible. Look up my questions to atheists. You’ll find... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Cobb
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Q: Can we reconcile Stoicism with Social Justice? A: No. Stoicism works against the premise of social justice, which is that there are populist movements that can and must re-engineer society on the outskirts of law. I think the fairest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2019 at Cobb
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If you interview someone. If you talk to someone about themselves. You will get one of two variations of confidence. The modest confidence and the bold confidence. It's difficult to know which one to trust. What strikes me at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Cobb
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The first thing to know about 'Joker' is that I watched it all the way through, which is something I could not say about 'The Master'. I am tempted to call 'Joker' art, and 'The Master' pornography. Joker is intriguing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Cobb
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I’ll talk about retail banking in 1980 when I was a teller. First of all, banks opened at 10am and closed at 3pm, and they were never open on the weekend. If you needed cash only a very few banks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Cobb
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I’m writing from California in English, but I hope people can see and recognize this wherever they are. It affects all of us. In our consumer society, a host of goods and services that originate outside of the borders of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Cobb
Update from Peter Theil. https://www.evernote.com/shard/s542/client/snv?noteGuid=46c636b6-b404-45df-ab0a-1f84c6fdc8c2&noteKey=7c94233539b8258d72b395a063f3c589&sn=https://www.evernote.com/shard/s542/sh/46c636b6-b404-45df-ab0a-1f84c6fdc8c2/7c94233539b8258d72b395a063f3c589&title=That+Essay
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2019 on To Act Against Reason at Cobb
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And now I kick myself for not making my implications more specific, IE what are you ethicists going to do about the Jews' objections to your logical edifice? I would like to come up with some term for the Pinkers of the world who think they can logic us into a pain free, guilt free, insult free future. Not quite Panglossians but with all the hubris that things can be righted and reconciled within our lifetimes. Cowards?
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2019 on You Missed The Sausage Party at Cobb
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Apropos the following: https://letter.wiki/conversation/127 https://areomagazine.com/2019/09/24/a-wrong-against-boys-an-impossible-conversation-about-circumcision/ I wonder, given the depth and breath of this essay if some broadly implemented surgical reform is capable of establishing the issue in the forefront of thoughtful parents and all other interested parties. To be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Cobb
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So I'm recently thinking about men and violence, and yes I just finished Jim Mattis' book on leadership. I shake my head in guessing the number of people who still think 'military intelligence' is an oxymoron. I don't recall where... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Cobb
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Reason is a discipline of mind that allows people to generate knowledge. Knowledge is the stuff through which one may navigate cleverly to gain an advantage in life. The beasts don't have much knowledge. In our IDW discussion this past... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Cobb
We don't know what we don't know. Maybe the mullahs hacked together a plan after seeing Angel Has Fallen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isVtXH7n9lI
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2019 on The Bomb Drops at Cobb
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According to UChicago.edu, Claremont has made an appropriate policy change. It is astonishing that this was four years ago. https://catalog.claremontmckenna.edu/content.php?catoid=18&navoid=1760#policy-statement
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Q: What is the strategy of Americans to contain Chinese influence in the world markets? A: I think the world markets are going to teach China lessons in capitalism. I have some suspicions that China, as a command culture, will... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Cobb
Also I wanted to share this interesting data on global tourism. You can check the relative popularity of the seven nations. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fqtdrng-_g_vl4wLmCW1hILxGai4N7_sxnWidPArZeo/edit?usp=sharing
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2019 on Seven Non-Grata at Cobb
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I made a survey. Here are the results: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-V3RGKYJJ7/
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2019 on The Bomb Drops at Cobb
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I put together a survey partly because it's fun and I haven't done it in a long time, and partly because I'm really not interested in people taking tangents outside of my own concerns. When it closes I will paste... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Cobb
https://youtu.be/HOQt_mP6Pgg
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2019 on Eric Holder Blasted at Cobb
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The ages have taught humanity, and we have learned well, how to deal with the consequences of our nature. And they are manifest in the stories and legends, in the fables and sacred texts, in the shared wisdom of our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Cobb