Philosophy bear

Formerly de Pony Sum. A blog for philosophy, politics, political economy, psychology & more.
Created 19 Apr 2020
  • The AI Control Problem in a wider intellectual context
    16 Jan 2022 • 15 min read • 5 6
    Epistemic status: A public intellectual is someone interesting enough that we have decided to let them be obviously wrong. I, unfortunately, am not even a public intellectual. I’ve been thinking about...
  • For the working class, real weekly wages haven't risen in 55 years.
    10 Jan 2022 • 2 min read • 4 8
    There’s a longstanding attempt to find a single graph that captures just how stagnant the economic situation of Americans is. Owing to @DBrumus on Twitter I think I’ve found a winner. Here we have the...
  • Confessions: A psychological and intellectual autobiography
    03 Jan 2022 • 22 min read • 5 5
    I confess to almighty God that I have sinned through my own fault in what I have done and what I have failed to do. -The Confiteor, as I have remembered it Everyone seems to want to tell their story- ...
  • The concept of cringe is cringe
    23 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 10 4
    Imagine a dude who carefully assesses every aspect of his rhetoric to make sure it doesn’t sound close to something a naive, overly emotional or culturally unsophisticated person might say- in other w...
  • Hypotheticals
    16 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 8 0
    I love hypotheticals. I think they’re an integral part of the life of the mind- from learning to reason practically, to learning to separate concepts. Here are some hypotheticals that have buzzed thro...
  • My roleplaying setting scrapbook part 1
    30 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 7 5
    I kind of want to make a roleplaying setting. My idea is that I’ll create a scrapbook of all the ideas that come to me about it that, then when I have dense nexus of material, I’ll shape it into a set...
  • Why don't people often try to earnestly persuade others of their political views on the internet?
    21 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 5 5
    Scott Alexander has an article, entitled with Guided by the Beauty of our Weapons in which he makes two observations which have always stuck with me, even when I couldn’t remember the name of that art...
  • Just three dumb guy thoughts I had, plus a dumb guy idea for a novel
    19 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 7 1
    Person, choice, value I was spending time once with a friend who’d just come out of a relationship with a woman who self-harmed manipulatively and abusively. He mentioned he’d talked to his psychologi...
  • Democracy as ritualized civil war: A metaphor I like
    15 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 4 8
    This is just a small little thing, not really worthy of an essay of its own, but interesting enough to me that I wanted to put it out there. For a long time I’ve had a metaphor in my head. It’s an imp...
  • Does anyone really respect democracy?
    14 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 3 9
    I A lot of people think that they believe in democracy in a fundamental way, and regard democratic decisions as inherently sacred. I’ll be arguing that not many people really do believe this, although...
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