Blog of the Month: Slate Star Codex

Blogs don’t usually promote other blogs, but in the vast array of blogs, the blogosphere, or perhaps even larger than that, the multi-blogosphere, there are not a lot of blogs that are worth reading. Most of them parrots the day’s conventional wisdom, or the particular angle of the many competing ideologies; copied and repeated endlessly over and over.  If you read one anti PIV feminist blog, or “Obama is a Muslim” blog post, you might as well have read 10,000 of them.

So when you come across one that actually educates a bit, you take notice.  So from following link to link to link, I came across Slate Star Codex.  The writer, “Scott S Alexander” keeps his real identity secret (don’t we all?) but is a doctor who apparently has more time on his hands than a doctor should to generate such wordy, well researched posts. Politically, he seems vaguely centrist, which, when broken down to its components, means liberal.  However he’s liberal who actually seems to have educated himself on all things rightward.

As I’ve noted previously, that’s exceedingly rare.  So when I read his critique of Neo-Reactionary thought in his post, Reactionary Philosophy in an Enormous Planet Sized Nutshell, I was blown away by the comprehensive depth and broad based understanding of the topic that was shown.  It was a better summary of Neo-Reaction than the Neo-Reactionaries have been able to produce.

So although impressed, I didn’t think much more about it, until I came across another link to the blog in which he broke down the major differences of left and right that probably comes as close to providing a unified field theory of the roots of the right and left as anything I’ve read.  In his post A Thrive/Survive Theory of the Political Spectrum, he overlaps right and left strategies on top of one of my favorite teaching tools, the Zombie Apocalypse.

Imagine the philosophical heights Socrates might have reached had he had the Zombie Apocalypse as a model for explaining various ideas?

Anyway, I recommend this blog.  I learn something every time I read it.  I wish that was the case with everything else I read.

 

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4 thoughts on “Blog of the Month: Slate Star Codex

  1. Thanks for the recommendation! I read some entries and while they were interesting his tone is a bit smug and off putting. Also he’s a polyamorist, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    btw have you started season 3 of House of Cards?

    • Smug maybe, but I’m impressed enough with the writing to think he’s earned it.

      I will go out on a PC limb and say if he’s a polyamorist, there probably is a lot wrong with that. I mean, I just don’t think it’s workable. It’s just another excuse to cheat.

      Season 3: I’ve seen the first episode, and I liked what I saw. It looks like this season is the culmination of what Frank has been working towards. And it looks like he and Claire are going full Clinton this season. This looks to be a good season, but this show I watch with my wife, so I don’t have any control over how fast I watch the episodes. I’m on Claire’s uh I mean my wife’s schedule.

      • Remember phlox from enterprise? Didn’t his species practice a form of marriage where each person had three spouses? It sounds like the free love communes of the 19th century, i.e. the cutlery-famous Oneida colony. Call me old fashioned but I just don’t see rampant screwing around as the bedrock of a stable society.

        Season three is great, IMO the best so far.

      • We give a lot of deference to alien species. What works for Phlox’s people doesn’t necessarily work for humans.

        Besides, no one is even thinking of stable societies anymore.

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