Category Archives: Three-Axes Model

And a Lot Less Rock ‘n’ Roll

Peter Beinart thinks we need a whole lot more religion. Maybe it’s the values of hierarchy, authority, and tradition that churches instill. Maybe religion builds habits and networks that help people better weather national traumas, and thus retain their faith … Continue reading

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Charles Murray at Middlebury

The coverage in the Washington Post and in the New York Times was meager, with no follow-up op-eds. The Times story, to its credit, says in the lead paragraph that it was “an encounter that turned violent and left one … Continue reading

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Ev Psych and Motivated Reasoning

From a piece by Elizabeth Kolbert in the New Yorker. Living in small bands of hunter-gatherers, our ancestors were primarily concerned with their social standing, and with making sure that they weren’t the ones risking their lives on the hunt … Continue reading

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Timothy Taylor on Homo Narrativus

He writes, Homo sapiens likes to protest that all conclusions come from a dispassionate consideration of the evidence. But again and again, you will observe that when a certain homo sapiens agrees with the main thrust of a certain narrative, … Continue reading

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Notes from the 2017 Edge Question

Folks were asked to name a scientific concept that deserves to be better known. Lisa Randall nominates “effective theory.” an effective theory tells us precisely its limitations—the conditions and values of parameters for which the theory breaks down. The laws … Continue reading

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Thomas Sowell, Conservative

In a list of quotes from Sowell, there is this: Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. The three-axes model seems to fit. The … Continue reading

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Ideology and Polarity

Jordan Peterson says, In a sophisticated religious system, there is a positive and negative polarity. Ideologies simplify that polarity and, in doing so, demonize and oversimplify. That sentence really bolsters my approach in the Three Axes Model. The whole interview … Continue reading

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A Note on the Oppressor-Oppressed Axis

A commenter writes, It seemed obvious to me that one could apply the oppressor-oppressed axis by noting that Castro was the oppressor and the Cuban people were the oppressed. I need to clarify that the oppressor-oppressed axis is not about … Continue reading

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The Fake News Problem

Typical Washington Post Headline: D.C. Council to vote on nation’s most generous family leave law: 11 weeks off, up to 90 percent pay Note the modifier “generous.” Not “intrusive” or “coercive” or “attempting to be generous with other people’s money” … Continue reading

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Scott Alexander on The Revolt of the Public

He wrote, Systems are hard. Institutions are hard. If your goal is to replace the current systems with better ones, then destroying the current system is 1% of the work, and building the better ones is 99% of it. Throughout … Continue reading

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