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Brain Pizza 860 implied HN points 27 Feb 24
  1. ZEIFs, including zealots, extremists, ideologues, and fanatics, may exhibit cognitive rigidity, black-and-white thinking, and resistance to considering alternative perspectives.
  2. ZEIFs may have underlying personality traits like low agreeableness, high conscientiousness, and high neuroticism, but personality dimensions alone may not fully explain extreme behavior.
  3. Social factors like group identity, echo chambers, and societal polarization play key roles in reinforcing and amplifying the extreme beliefs and actions of ZEIFs.
Peter Boghossian 727 implied HN points 08 Feb 24
  1. Chris Martenson discusses the journey of migrants from Ecuador to the US border, often aided by organizations like the UN and Catholic charities.
  2. The conversation highlights the hypocrisy of Western governments allowing illegal immigration and the resulting distrust in governmental institutions.
  3. The talk concludes on a hopeful note, despite the challenges discussed.
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News Items 432 implied HN points 25 Jan 24
  1. Trump's popularity stems from his rejection of the establishment and tapping into American resentment towards broken systems.
  2. Americans are seeking a new public operating philosophy that prioritizes trust and accountability in government.
  3. The need for rebuilding government on a foundation of human responsibility and simplicity to restore everyday freedom for Americans.
Daily Dreher 1552 implied HN points 30 Sep 23
  1. The novel 'The Radetzky March' explores the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through three generations of the von Trotta family.
  2. The book reflects on the importance of faith in institutions and the internal decay that can lead to their downfall.
  3. The text draws parallels between historical events and the current social and political challenges, highlighting the importance of an animating spirit within a society.
In My Tribe 182 implied HN points 13 Feb 24
  1. Individuals may prioritize social rewards over truth in belief adoption, leading to collective delusions. It's hard to overcome irrationality at the individual or group level, so focusing on institutional change is crucial.
  2. There is a pattern in how some view different races, depicted by Coleman Hughes in his book. This mirrors the concept of the Moral Dyad, simplifying moral situations to assign feelings or agency.
  3. Challenges in education include the negative impact of excessive parental spending on education. To promote equality, the idea of a luxury estate tax on high-tuition schools was proposed years ago and still holds potential.
sebjenseb 216 implied HN points 04 Feb 24
  1. Conservatives tend to follow specific people, while liberals tend to create and rely on institutions.
  2. Right-wing movements often form networks based on individual leaders, while left-wing movements have institutions like newspapers and universities.
  3. Organizations that are not explicitly right-wing tend to become left-wing over time, according to Conquest's second law of politics.
Knowledge Problem 196 implied HN points 01 Feb 24
  1. Markets are error correction processes that help us adapt to changing conditions and create value.
  2. Individual adjustments in response to price signals lead to error correction in markets.
  3. Through adaptation, decentralized coordination, knowledge ecosystems, and error correction, markets enable us to achieve more and flourish compared to other social institutional frameworks.
The Line 2476 implied HN points 31 Mar 23
  1. Canada may be facing challenges and declining in certain areas, despite still being prosperous and stable compared to other countries.
  2. There are concerns about social mobility and the effectiveness of Canadian institutions, with signs pointing to potential long-term issues.
  3. While not completely ruined, Canada needs to address dysfunctional institutions and respond coherently to challenges to secure its future.
Good Reason 284 implied HN points 14 Nov 23
  1. Experts can be wrong and have been wrong throughout history, like medieval doctors with bloodletting.
  2. Expert communities often become echo chambers, reinforcing shared beliefs and resisting change.
  3. Challenging experts and subjecting beliefs to testing, even within scientific-minded groups, is important to avoid falling into the trap of groupthink.
Knowledge Problem 196 implied HN points 25 Oct 23
  1. The knowledge problem is pervasive among individuals and socially, impacting coordination and decision-making among agents.
  2. Different types of knowledge problems exist, such as complexity and contextual knowledge problems, affecting decision-making and outcomes.
  3. Institutional design should consider the knowledge problem, as institutions interact with preferences and the environment to shape individual actions and interactions.
Life in the 21st Century 275 implied HN points 17 Jul 23
  1. Transitioning away from oil use is crucial for addressing climate change and reducing energy waste
  2. Restructuring transportation infrastructure to be more efficient can help in cutting oil consumption
  3. There is a need to reevaluate and revalue daily human life to address the inadequacies and obsolescence of current institutions and values
The Ruffian 270 implied HN points 08 Jul 23
  1. Some geniuses are highly distinctive and have a significant impact on their field.
  2. Scenes or particular times/places with networks of practitioners can foster genius.
  3. Genius often arises from a social phenomenon, within an ecosystem of artists, entrepreneurs, and thinkers.
Trying to Understand the World 7 implied HN points 13 Mar 24
  1. Organizations often create more rules and regulations when they lack a clear sense of purpose and long-term goals, leading to a focus on detail rather than overall objectives.
  2. The abundance of rules and bureaucracy, especially in modern society, can hinder problem-solving and practical decision-making, as well as replace traditional customs with overly complex regulations.
  3. The Professional and Managerial Caste (PMC) proliferation of rules can result in controlling mechanisms rather than fostering productive environments, ultimately leading to dysfunctional organizations and discontent among staff.
The Great Gender Divergence 255 implied HN points 05 Jul 23
  1. East Asians prefer social cohesion and harmony over self-expression and individualism
  2. Factors like rice farming, socio-economic threats, Confucianism, and authoritarianism may contribute to cultural tightness
  3. Despite cultural tightness, societies like South Korea have shown resistance and democratization
Science Forever 298 implied HN points 03 Apr 23
  1. College leaders should clearly communicate their values and beliefs, even in the face of political pressure. Staying true to one's values can lead to respect and support from the community.
  2. Presidents who stand up for their beliefs may face challenges, but they often land in new fulfilling positions. Those who prioritize the board's wishes over campus values may not fare as well.
  3. Institutions benefit from leaders who stick to their principles. Even if presidents are let go, they usually find other positive opportunities as long as they remain aligned with their beliefs.
Hold That Thought by Sarah Haider 235 implied HN points 29 May 23
  1. Institutions in the US are under assault, but they continue to function and there are mechanisms for resistance and change.
  2. The American people have the power to influence their political landscape through voting, ensuring a system of checks and balances.
  3. Modernity relies on objective realities like physics and mathematics, which will persist despite ideological pressures.
Knowledge Problem 176 implied HN points 30 Jun 23
  1. Some of the most illuminating work in market design has been in payment for ecosystem services (PES).
  2. Synthetic markets and deliberate institutional design are criticized for being epistemic and teleological.
  3. Testing is essential in synthetic market design to understand how people respond to incentives in different institutional frameworks.
Symposium 137 implied HN points 27 Feb 23
  1. The Symposium Foundation for the Study of Liberalism has been created to support intellectual defense of a free society.
  2. Current threats to liberalism come from corruption in established institutions on both the left and the right.
  3. New explicitly liberal institutions are needed to rebuild the case for a free society and bridge ideological divides.
The Leftovers 99 implied HN points 14 Sep 22
  1. Ceremonies and rituals are carefully designed to influence emotions and reinforce power dynamics.
  2. The construction of nations and nationalism relies on various tools like monuments, media, and rituals to maintain power structures.
  3. The death of a monarch highlights how society is manipulated through indoctrination, rituals, and the normalization of power.
Nephew Jonathan 1 implied HN point 19 Feb 24
  1. The geographic distribution of top universities and public institutions in the US shows a concentration in the East, highlighting historical factors and wealth distribution.
  2. Philanthropy has shifted from building institutions to directly addressing issues, potentially contributing to societal atomization.
  3. The dearth of social clubs and community spaces like private townhouses may be impacting civil society, leading to a need for more such load-bearing pillars.
The Permanent Problem 4 implied HN points 18 Apr 23
  1. Given the pace of change, it's important to plan for the future on multiple time horizons.
  2. Considering alternative 'Plan B' options is wise, as core institutions may not suffice in all scenarios.
  3. In light of potential catastrophic risks like pandemics, climate change, and AI, exploring new institutions for resilience is crucial.