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Dave Cohen
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Interests: evolution, energy, the economy, climate, astrobiology, music, paleontology, culture
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Poor Tim Pool — he's a sane person in the United States in 2019. He's trying to talk to the nut cases, but knows in his heart there's no point. Eventually, as Tim's said in the past, he will give up, go skateboarding, or maybe he'll go sit on the beach and drink margaritas. Either way, Tim, I'll respect you. I mean, he's the god-damned King in the North! And as Tim knows full well, the headlong flight from reality and evil's ascendancy in America can only get worse as time goes on. I feel for you, Tim, I really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
David Cameron made a "mistake" some years ago by allowing U.K. voters to determine their own future. The issue at hand was whether to leave or remain in the EU. They voted to leave. This result infuriated the London and EU (Brussels) elites, who have worked ceaselessly to thwart the will of the people and overturn the result. Now it appears in 2019 that these elites have won. Listen to the first 10 minutes of the Spiked podcast below. Make no mistake, recent political events mark the death of democracy in the United Kingdom. Whether it will ever be revived... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Every other candidate, with the exception of Andrew Wang, is just fucking with you. I am kind of hoping they will find each other and good things might result. What is the goal? To minimize human suffering before The End. I assume you know what I mean. Heaven help you if you don't. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
So, Bernie is off and running. Here's the beginning of Bernie's CBS This Morning interview. You don't have to watch beyond the 1:30 mark unless you care to. Let me quote the relevant part in case you missed it (just after 1:05). Bernie asserts— We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who's doing what no president in our lifetimes has come close to doing, and that is trying to divide us up. I certainly remember Nixon dividing us up, but never mind. What Bernie just did there, in effect, was to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
OK, we learned today that delusional, geriatric democratic socialist—not socialist democrat— Bernie Sanders has entered the presidential fray. He would be 79 years old upon taking office if he wins the election. That is not likely. Perhaps Bernie is simply too senile to realize that Tulsi, who resigned as Democratic party vice-chair in 2016 to support Sanders, is already running for president. She quit because she saw that the Democrats were screwing Bernie, who has now repaid her integrity and support by screwing her in 2019 (figuratively speaking of course). All we need now is for Uncle Joe Biden to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
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Politically speaking, the next two years in America, from today until November 3, 2020 to be precise, is going to be like living through the biggest dumpster fire you've ever experienced. Or like living through the biggest train wreck that ever happened. Choose your own analogy or metaphor. Hell, we Americans may not even have a country by November of 2020. Or, if we do, it certainly won't be a place where a sane person would want to live. It isn't now either, but there's no bottom to the human barrel. You would be wise to remember that. So a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
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Today I went over to Google News to check out today's elite-sponsored fake news. I was not disappointed. Today we were inundated with news of a proposed "Green New Deal." I clicked on the NPR link because I like my fake news straight up, no chaser. I've added some emphasis so you don't have to do much work. In fact, I whipped out the red font because I know that making an effort to understand the world is not generally speaking a human characteristic. Whether it's a deadly cold snap or a hole in an Antarctic glacier or a terrifying... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
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The agenda-filled lamestream media believes Jussie ... of course. Welcome to Fake News Land, 2019 edition. But YouTubers recognize pathological bullshit when they see it Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Heather MacDonald tells you how bad it is in the video below. Remember, these are elite schools she's talking about, schools training those who will become the elite leaders of American society in the future. Already, many of these trainees have graduated and moved on to jobs in the media and in large corporations. See, for example, the New York Times or Proctor and Gamble. The only good news as far as I can see is that Homo sapiens is moving steadily toward its own extinction, a fate our species so richly deserves. But until that happens, and our suffering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
If you are unfamiliar with the form of satire in the 2nd video below, watch the Steely Dan video before you watch it. The New York Times lied its ass off about the Patreon banning of Carl Benjamin and others, even going so far as to say, quoting Patreon CEO Jack Conte, that— “You can use a press debacle like this to drum up your community and rile people up and get them to support a cause,” Mr. Conte said. “We welcome competition.” In short, Jack Conte claimed that those opposing censorship on his platform got upset in order to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Hello Sheeple. There is corporate fascist attack on Free Speech going on. Maybe you failed to notice. Dave Rubin and Jordan Petersen discuss this terrifying situation in the second video below, but some youtube guy named ShortFatOtaku has actually sussed out the whole thing out (first video). As we go forward into yet another insane election cycle in the United States, it certainly seems possible that free speech could disappear altogether unless people protest a lot. I mean really make a stink. It's up to you. I've given up on Homo sapiens altogether but while we've got a civilization, sort... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
I found out yesterday that Carl Benjamin (aka youtuber Sargon of Akkad and here and here) got "de-platformed" at Patreon, which means that he just got booted off for no good reason. Patreon is a crowdfunding site which supports internet "creators" of content. Benjamin's content is political. He is a "classical liberal" in the John Stuart Mill sense. Benjamin's youtube channels have not been removed—yet—but he has effectively been de-monetized, which is the more subtle strategy for suppressing free speech. But that's not the story authoritarian alt-liberals want you to believe (political philosopher John Gray's term). No, these so-called liberals... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Decline of the Empire
I'm still working on a short essay which will attempt to explain all the embarrassing political nonsense happening in the United States and much of the western world. It's coming along very nicely. But with the midterms tomorrow, could the great truth this former Trump voter received at a Swarthmore poetry slam tip the balance for ordinary voters? We shall see. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Decline of the Empire
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Despite my best defensive instincts screaming duck and cover, keep your head down, try to stay invisible, I plan to publish a short essay to try to explain how human nature drives the political & polarization crisis in the West. I will of course be using my model of human nature as described in the 4th flatland essay. In so doing I will fill in many of the gaps in that model. In particular, I will finally fulfill this promise— An updated discussion of (instinctual) Sociality will be published as an addendum to this essay. I started this project in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Decline of the Empire
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First watch this video. Politics and polarization have obviously gotten very bad and are getting worse by the day, not only in the United States but also in the rest of what has historically been called "western civilization." Tribal behaviors are primitive in the sense that they are entirely instinctually driven, so those engaging in these behaviors are never aware that they are doing so. These unconscious behaviors can be overridden over time, but only with great effort and only rarely. The rules below are for non-tribal observers who want to understand what they're looking at. It is always alleged... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Decline of the Empire
I remember when I used to give a shit... . < Comic Doug Stanhope lays out the Human Condition Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Decline of the Empire
Not going to write about this human horseshit anymore. All in all, my experience emotionally and psychologically after I posted a few things has been god awful. I opened Pandora's Box again. Sure, there are a few—very few—old readers who are OK, but there are also trolls, readers providing links to articles written by dumb fucks who dismiss climate change under the false banner "skepticism," and other human atrocities of the usual sort. And there will be many more to come if I continue to write here. So fuck it. Writing this blog stresses me out for no good reason.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Decline of the Empire
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This is a note on pointless suffering, one of main subjects of an essay I am writing. That post will stand as the last and ultimate addendum to my Adventures In Flatland essays. That addendum will be finished when I get around to finishing it. That essay will contain a theory of the origins of religion, a subject I avoided for a long time because I didn't understand what was going on. At this point, I wouldn't call it a "theory" so much but rather an obvious truth, a truth so obvious that it only took me 35 years to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Decline of the Empire
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I was thinking about the pointlessness of writing a series of posts illustrating a "good enough" model of human behavior which few people have read and even fewer have understood. So I won't do it. I have a few other things to talk about which follow from the model (for example, religious behaviors), but that's about it. I'm done. The flatland model implies that important human behaviors at their root are predictable and therefore meaningless in anything other than an evolutionary (Live & Grow) sense. That is literally the last thing humans want to be believe about themselves. They want... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Decline of the Empire
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The first three Adventures In Flatland essays were written in 2014 and appeared on this blog (DOTE). Adventures In Flatland Adventures In Flatland — Part II Adventures In Flatland — Part III This essay presupposes that you have read the original, but it would be helpful to read all three. This fourth and final long essay does not review those earlier essays. You've got to read them. I use the term "flatland" in different ways. As a hypothesis, the flatland model posits a set of unconscious core instincts which drive our most important characteristic behaviors. I also use the term... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Decline of the Empire
File Under: we do not make this stuff up I have nearly completed the 4th Flatland essay. After that, I will send it to a few early reviewers for comments, make the final changes and publish it late next week. Or so I hope. Anyway, science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson makes a brief appearance in the essay's conclusion. And if you read this article, I think you'll see why (Bloomberg, March 8, 2017). I saw this after I had used Robinson as a Flatland example. I may have to change the text (or link to this). ... His 18th... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Decline of the Empire
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Still writing the 4th essay, which is coming along nicely. I'm pleased with it, although some you may not be (it's getting a little technical). Pertaining to that essay we have Bruce Hood talking about the socially constructed self (2nd video). But first, and this is really far more pertinent and important here in America in 2017, we have Spicey briefing the White House press corps. Carry on. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Decline of the Empire
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In an article called Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds which appears in The New Yorker this month, Elizabeth Kolbert discovered Flatland (sort of). Did she actually read my Flatland essays, especially the 3rd one, which directly addresses the issues she writes about? Hell, no! That would be way to much to expect. However, in reviewing three books on predictable human irrationality, Kolbert actually discovers (or at least writes about) the salient Flatland point, which is emphasized in the reprint below. I will reference and quote this article in the 4th essay. I'm not going to express false humility here.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Decline of the Empire
Some time ago I wrote a short post called What Are We Up Against. The post featured a video by Hans Rosling, who passed away last week. Hans was very popular among the humans. And if you watch the new video below, you'll see why. This obituary is from the New York Times. Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor who transformed himself into a pop-star statistician by converting dry numbers into dynamic graphics that challenged preconceptions about global health and gloomy prospects for population growth, died on Tuesday in Uppsala, Sweden. He was 68... Even before “post-truth” entered the lexicon, Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Decline of the Empire
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