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Feminism and the problem of supertoxic masculinity
"The method popular activist culture has adopted is to work toward a state of zero dominance expression in all possible local and global hierarchies, with this leading to a substantially higher risk of psychopathic males going straight to the top of the megamachine"
East and West have opposite views of personal success, according to psychologists
"Americans are much more likely to favor being a big fish in a small pond. East Asians, and specifically Chinese people, are much more likely than Americans to lean towards being a smaller fish in a bigger (i.e. more impressive) pond."
Political Conservatives’ Affinity for Obedience to Authority Is Loyal, Not Blind
"Conservatives have the more positive moral views of obedience only when the authorities are conservative (e.g., commanding officers); liberals do when the authorities are liberal (e.g., environmentalists). The two camps agree about obeying ideologically neutral authorities (e.g., office managers). Obedience itself is not ideologically divisive."

"The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man ..."

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.

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The Effects of Land Redistribution: Evidence from the French Revolution
To quote Stian Westlake's summary: "The French Revolution ended famine! (By, er, allowing the rich to accumulate big productive farms.)"
Intuitive thinkers greatly underestimate how much they neglect analytical thinking during decision making.
A summary of Dunning–Kruger effects in reasoning: Theoretical implications of the failure to recognize incompetence
How Far Is Too Far? New Evidence on Abortion Clinic Closures, Access, and Abortions
"As the distance to the nearest abortion provider increases from less than 25 miles to 25-50 miles, there is little change in rates of legally induced abortions. But an increase to 50-100 miles reduces legal abortion rates by 16 percent, an increase to 100-200 miles reduces abortion rates by 32 percent, and an increase to 200 or more miles reduces abortion rates by 47 percent."

Initiation rituals I'm glad to not have gone through


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