I was going through pictures on my computer, and I cam across this chart I made: Though it's a bit outdated, it took forever to make. Some key points: almost all of these are below 50 (bad), the only words that are positively associated with lower corruption are "new" and "kingdom." Someone else made this … Continue reading Words in Countries’ Names vs Corruption
If you control the language, you control people’s minds. There is a type of political, social, and cultural activism that has no popular name. It is controlled in the background by nefarious forces. It is a form of mind control. It can be used for censorship, but a more pernicious form. Rather than banning undesired … Continue reading Semantic Activism: the most important thing that isn’t acknowledged
I have long been an enemy of bullshit language. The type employed by politicians, new-age mystics like Deepak Chopra, Postmodernists, and CEOs. I want language to be precise, or at least to MEAN something. For now, I'll call language “bullshitspeak” if it’s just vague nonsense that contains little actual meaning. This video is a great example … Continue reading Platitude Conspiracies
In decision theory, the term "game" has a specific definition that is different from everyday use. Because this blog is based on decision theory, it is worth nodding to that fact. However, that is not the subject of this post. This post is about the term “game” in common usage. I would like to both … Continue reading Why do we play games?