Enlightenment liberalism

enlightenmentAs politics has continued its evolution across time, my position has slowly drifted from what used to be a liberal one to one that seems to have more in common with the #altright. This was somewhat curious to me, as my values and perspectives have not really changed on what I consider the major issues. This is why I decided to write up a post on what being an enlightenment liberal actually entails. I’ve written on the enlightenment before as a part of the social justice chronicles, to give a quick introduction, it was a period where philosophers defined and argued in favor of the values that are the foundation for our modern western nation states. From Hobbes, John Stuart Mill and Thomas Paine on Government, Adam Smith on Economics, Kant on Ethics, Hume, Voltaire and Rousseau on a range of topics.

This created a foundation on which the most successful states of the next 300 – 400 years (depending on what you regard as the start of the enlightenment) were built, and that have made them the most free, and well-functioning states in the world. However, over time the ideals of classical liberalism have become undermined by the group referred to as the “regressive left” and by the conservatives who by now should be seeking to conserve those values. While the literature from the classical liberals and those who followed them, is great and diverse the agreement on Universality and freedom of expression is strong.

Foremost, what serves as the foundation for the philosophy of the enlightenment are the values that came forth in the scientific revolution, namely empiricism and reason.

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” Thomas Paine

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Gendernomics: The sexual market analysis

male strategiesI recently posted an overview in two parts (Part 1 and Part 2) of general female sexual strategies that you will see used either alone or in combinations as you navigate the female sexual strategies. After I finished writing those essays, I found myself wondering about male sexual strategies and whether they can be broken down in a similar manner, and after some labour I figured out that they can. However, you will very rarely see a man employing a single strategy, they always use combination strategies, either on purpose or by accident. This post took a long time to write, because in breaking down the male strategies, I started off the same basis as the female strategies, which proved itself to be a red herring of sorts.

While female sexual strategies, in essence are tailored marketing approaches aimed at attracting a given type of male. Male sexual strategies are centered on the burden of performance [1]. So, when I started breaking down male sexual strategies according to the female archetype model, it was unavoidable that the Venn diagrams I was utilizing as a tool had significant overlaps. While female strategies are centered around a performance burden to some extent, in that they have to adapt a certain performance requirement, they can do so in larger congruence with “just be yourself” than males can. A female can decide to put a lot of effort into her appearance and utilize that as her sales value, will have a form of mass market appeal in and of itself, since beauty is a central evaluation value males use. One could argue that the female strategies are focused around slowly and with increasing accuracy engaging in increasing differentiation, both to ensure she is accurately situated in her desired sub-market, but also to eliminate unsuitable males from the buyer group to some extent. Continue reading

Gendernomics: Female sexual strategies part 2

Female Sexual StrategiesIn part one of this series I outlined the overall framework and how this model works. As you can see from the chart above, hypergamic optimization (The goal of every female sexual strategy) is broken down into 2 major groups. The Ultra Girl adopts either beauty or nurturing, and puts a spin on it in order to increase the perception of scarcity and to differentiate itself from the rest of the market. This has the purpose of targeting a specific demographic of men more closely than a generalized Strategy.

The Anti-Girl rejects one or more aspects of typical feminine traits in order to create a new strategy. The Ant-chick strategies seek to manipulate the perception of beauty and scarcity in order to target a specific demographic. Whereas the “Cool chick” seeks to manipulate the male performance burden and investment costs to target another demographic. Continue reading

Gendernomics: Female sexual strategies

I’ve written about female sexual strategies before in the gendernomics series, from a macro perspective. This breaks down into the categories of differentiation, and low cost strategies, adapted to a suitable niche in the market. One can think of differentiation strategies as attempting to stand out in some manner. Corporate brands are merely names, yet through our interactions with the corporation behind it, that brand begins to stand for something. This is why Coca Cola attempts to be part of most major sporting events and Disney movies or how Kodak coined the term “Kodak Moment” to signify important milestones in life.

On a micro level strategies can be broken down into sets based on qualities, tactics and methods used to establish and maintain their brand and thus their strategy. So Coca Cola on a macro level is a differentiated defender, when you break it down on a micro level they are a quality oriented, mass market, advertising based company. In the same way we can break down a female sexual strategy of hypergamic optimization, into macro strategies and then into micro strategies. Continue reading

Hiding your identity online

AnonSo, doxing is becoming a more and more common event for people who partake in debates on various topics online. A dox in this regard is when you dig up personal information on a person who does not want to have that information published and either publish it (usually on social media) or threaten to publish it unless a the person does what you want them to do. This became very common during the #Gamergate controversy and since then has become a much loved weapon of the regressive left to silence opponents and critics of their authoritarian beliefs. Continue reading

Influence: Information gathering

information gatheringDilbert creator and hypnotist Scott Adams tend to think of human beings as biological robots. As someone with a computer science background, I understand where he is coming from. A computer is at the simplest a series of switches that are turned off and on, which produces various results. I’ve recently been doing some work on a hobby that involves Proportional Integration Derivation (PID) controllers, to automate some tasks I had been doing manually. What makes a PID different from a simple controller, is that the PID will “learn” over time. For instance, if I need to maintain water at exactly 210f using a heating element, where the element is controlled by a PID, it will over time learn for how long it needs to turn the element on in order to maintain 210 degrees and not go over so that the liquid boils. Continue reading

Gendernomics: The unintended opportunity cost

feedbackI recently had some time to catch up on my reading and read a couple of articles by Rollo Tomassi over at therationalmale.com, two of them in particular struck me as being related by a common thread that can be explained in economic terms (articles linked at the end of this essay). The two articles deal with the blue pill frame and late life hypergamy, two concepts that not only relate in economic terms, but also in the terms that the blue pill frame ensures the results Rollo outlines in Late life Hypergamy. These can be imagined on a feedback loop, where the blue pill man senses his wife’s hypergamic reaction, increases his blue pill behavior further which leads to her hypergamic reaction becoming more pronounced.

This is similar to how many have observed that blue pill men will often double-down on their blue pill strategy, regardless of it being unsuccessful in the past, and view any conquest as a a validation of the mindset, without consideration for their overall success to failure ratio. As I’ve written before, the blue pill sexual strategy is also such in nature that it is easy to rationalize away rejection as the strategy seeks to minimize it by acting in a covert manner.

 

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