Wyclif's Dust

Wyclif's Dust explores the intersection of politics, culture, and social science through a critical lens, addressing themes such as sexuality, academia, online discourse, diversity and inclusion, genetics, media systems, and the state of global democracy. It examines complex issues with both serious and inquisitive approaches.

Sexuality and Identity Academic Culture Online Communication Diversity and Inclusion Genetics and Society Family Dynamics Mental Health Media Analysis Democracy and Governance Cultural Change

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1001 implied HN points 02 Feb 24
  1. Democracies face an international challenge from the new autocratic axis of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
  2. International conflicts are a struggle for whose rules will prevail, America's or China's.
  3. Democratic systems need more 'weight' in decision-making and should balance policy populism with institutional elitism.
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1751 implied HN points 23 Sep 23
  1. There are significant differences in schizophrenia polygenic scores between ethnic groups, which can impact diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Genetic research on different ethnic groups can lead to improved medical outcomes and understanding disparities.
  3. Studying gene-environment interactions in intergroup context can provide insights into causal pathways for social and medical outcomes.
2252 implied HN points 07 Apr 23
  1. Many polygenic scores are significantly correlated with the number of children a person has, indicating a link between genetics and fertility.
  2. The effect sizes of these correlations can be influenced by the accuracy of the polygenic scores, with noise potentially underestimating the true effects.
  3. Improving polygenic scores and considering the impact of rare genetic variants are important for better understanding the relationship between genetics, fertility, and education.
7 HN points 24 Feb 24
  1. Mathematics can change the way you think by showing how words correspond to underlying structures.
  2. 2x2 games, like the Prisoner's Dilemma, are simple models that offer powerful insights into cooperation, trade, and decision-making.
  3. Understanding game theory, particularly 2x2 games, can help in analyzing real-world scenarios such as economics, politics, and social interactions.
1 HN point 10 Feb 24
  1. The text discusses the concept of perpetual youth and the desire to avoid growing up, using Dorian Gray as an example.
  2. It explores the idea of life as self-creation, focusing on experiences and the impact of societal values on personal development.
  3. The text also delves into the consequences of prioritizing individual desires and self-creation over traditional responsibilities like parenthood, highlighting the challenges and implications of this modern mindset.