Monday, February 19, 2007

Steve Sailer: Why "No Child Left Behind" Is Nuts

Why "No Child Left Behind" Is Nuts
This complete contradiction between what Gates knows to be true in his personal affairs, and the nonsense that he pays to promulgate in public, is never held against him (or against anybody else). Instead, lying in public is now considered the mark of a good person. The bad people are the ones like Charles Murray who carefully document what everyone else silently knows already.

Surely our elites can't be as naive as they let on. They must know that the average person can't become proficient in academic subjects if proficient is defined in a way that matches the intuitive definition. The question then becomes, if they indeed know the truth, what are their real goals?

Monday, February 12, 2007

Steve Sailer: How the college prestige racket works

Dr. Faust At Harvard

Comments on Sailer's article can be read or made here.

Sailer and others have convinced me that the primary value of most college degrees in the contemporary United States is in proving that the person who receives them was smart enough to get into a given university in the first place. This, of course, is extremely inefficient, and the expense of a prestigious degree helps maintain the position of the ruling class.

Bias and Politics

Good essay: Why People Are Irrational about Politics

Why Foxes Are Better Forecasters Than Hedgehogs (audio presentation)

An excellent new resource about bias is the blog Overcoming Bias.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Steve Sailer: Blog Archives: Debating Ploys of the Smug and Stupid

Steve Sailer: Blog Archives: Debating Ploys of the Smug and Stupid

This is a nice summary of unfair/illogical debate tactics. The author is somewhat unwarranted in limiting his discussion to liberals and neoconservatives, but his characterization of dirty argument techniques is excellent.