Tacit Knowledge

After siting on this idea for well over a year, I got the push today to talk about it. But le me get back to that.

I have always been fascinated by the notion of tacit knowledge.
When the image above popped up on my monitor after watching something on Youtube, I got so vehemently disgusted by one of the faces that I just had to ask myself why.
Can you find the face? The face of the self-congratulating, cocky, smug, leftist [expletive deleted]? Continue reading →

The social contract

France is not the only place with protests. The Hungarians are protesting too. These protests are very different, but bring up similar questions about the nature of democracy.

I encountered the question, the one that is called a ‘scandal’ by the local media, in a Facebook post of a liberal friend.

“I am saying since 2010 that an anti-democratic, anti-republican and anti-parliamentarian legislative assembly must not be legitimated by the presence of the representatives of the democratic, republican, parliamentarian parties.
[……]
Let’s start building parallel institutions for a new historical starting point”

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Tying the threads together

I had my Sunday morning coffee with two videos. The first one was the latest from Black Pigeon Speaks about the vote in South Africa on a constitutional amendment that would allow the government to seize land from white people without compensation.

The second was a new Vertigo Politix video titled “The Alt-Right Reformation Against Liberal Theocracy”. It is outspoken, disturbing white supremacist propaganda. The worst I have seen so far on this channel. (And just to avoid misunderstandings, I plucked the above picture from the Vertigo Politix video. It is not a representation of my beliefs but an illustration of what’s to come: neo-fascist iconography and memes)  Continue reading →

Israel, for what it’s worth

I went to Israel thinking that I am a hardliner. I got out as a much-hardened hardliner. I cannot possibly claim that I have full understanding of its very complex problems after spending only two weeks there, but I can say that the visit either confirmed my preconceptions or changed them in a way pushing it further in the direction of supporting the Jewish state and WHATEVER measure they choose to take against the Arabs. Continue reading →

Heineken on the rocks

Another weekend on the Bruce peninsula, another cultural experience. In some of the busier parts of the peninsula, about 80% of the people I met were clearly first-generation immigrants. Indians, Arabs, Sikhs, Africans, Russians, Chinese and whatever else was not obvious to identify. I was there with my Mexican relatives. I am an immigrant myself, it is just not obvious from the way I look.
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Artificial Intelligence vs. Programmed Stupidity

Popular culture is awash with images of a dystopian future brought about by artificial intelligence. Dozens of TV series, movies and books are discussing the dangers of artificial intelligence. How robots will take our jobs and rule our lives. The more promising AI becomes, the darker the perceived threat. On the one hand we embrace the good things AI can do for us while on the other we fear losing our humanity, our position on the top of the dominance hierarchy.

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The real liars

 

Are these people liars? Without a doubt. Are they real liars or just puppets with the long nose telling us what we want to hear?

I went to two debates in my riding and I tried to watch the leaders’ debate. I honestly tried but could not take it for more than 20 minutes. I don’t think I missed anything.

In the second local debate I went to there were six candidates present: The BORG, of course, (Blue, Orange, Red, Green) but also a Communist and a Libertarian. The conservative and the libertarian candidates were completely overwhelmed by the four statists. Continue reading →

A miraculous disaster

As I was pondering the nature of our health care, some interesting questions came to my mind.
Mentioning them as part of a serious discussion could have made them look like conspiracy theories. While I am not a fan of conspiracy theories, I do believe in the power of incentives.
Incentives make the world go around. Money and power are just the most obvious ones.

So here is the scenario:

Let’s suppose that a miraculous new invention, a pill that costs pennies to manufacture would add an extra 20 years to the life of anyone who takes it.

Not every day, just once. What would happen? How would the world react? What would politicians do? What would the drug industry do? Continue reading →

Political Chassé

Chasing the elusive notion of political correctness

The word chassé means two things. It is the past participle of the French verb ‘to chase’ and it is a noun describing a ballet step, in which one leg is sort of ‘chasing’ the other.

Watching the last Munk debate gave me a visceral demonstration of the two meanings. The CON side hopelessly chasing the pro side which was consistently chasseing away from the real subject. The subject, which was supposed to be political correctness. The resolution of the debate was:

“Be it resolved, what you call political correctness, I call progress…” Continue reading →