1 rule by the mediocre
2 the triumph of style over substance
mediocracy is a condition in which culture
is subordinated to pseudo-egalitarian ideology
symptoms include dumbing, jargonism, infantilisation, vacuity,
phoney democratisation, authoritarianism ...
... and general mediocrity
promotes the dominant ideology:
• reductionism vis-à-vis the individual
• support for state intervention
Criticisms of high-frequency trading are misplaced. Competitive arbitrage is essential to markets.
lucidity and obfuscation
Lucid dreaming as a topic, and potential key to understanding sleep, was pioneered by Dr Celia Green.
consciousness and the sausage factory
The problem of consciousness. Why academia, as it stands, is unlikely to generate a solution.
consciousness and ... (part 2)
Major intellectual progress requires special conditions. Recognition of this is on the decline.
egalitarianism caused the 2008 meltdown
Was meltdown linked to inequality, as Bank of England argues, or to egalitarian housing policies?
Airstrip One, A.D.2014
Orwell-inspired satire on modern Britain, and the new and dangerous “closed material procedure”.
Modern research teams seek cogs, not individuals. How mediocratic academics exploit the efforts of others.
tales from Bizarro-world
money-printing – UK education policies – Fukushima
– US surveillance – Celia Green & Oxford
The term “racism” is being broadened as a means of restricting free speech. How not to play Chopin.
weekend notes #12
Are Oxford students “rich thickos”? Should doctors be ranked? Was Margaret Thatcher exploited?
weekend notes #11
The theory of rising inequality oversimplifies, and avoids mentioning non-egalitarian explanations.
Diamond Bob and the biggest boson
the expensive search for the Higgs boson – review of the London Olympics – retrophobia
the meaning of mediocracy
Collectivism, masquerading as egalitarianism, is the dominant ideology – not individualism.
academia: style over substance
Academia is adapting to the new hegemony. Technical complexity reigns, while content is often vacuous.
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