Mastery due to nature more than nurture

The 10,000 hours thing is bullshit.

A Jewish journalist lied about science.


It depends on the task, does it? So I can’t become a prima ballerina by starting now? No shit? The 5 foot guy won’t go pro in basketball, really?

The hidden utility of tactical stupidity in women

just a girl

I’d be lying if I said I’d never played dumb to avoid doing something.

Whether you want to pass this off as a minor symptom of mental illness, consider for a moment: could there be a female equivalent of playing dumb and acting incompetent with the washing machine?
n.b. We know men do that, we just cannot prove it.

Modesty and Equality

Interesting points;

Hume is tame compared to Nietzsche. For Nietzsche, our society is evidence of the triumph of Judeo-Christian slave morality over Greco-Roman master morality. Master morality originates in the strong, and is marked by values such as nobility, pride, courage, truthfulness, and trust. Slave morality, in contrast, is merely a reaction in the weak to oppression by the strong, and is marked by such values as humility, sympathy, cowardice, and pettiness. In master morality, the good is whatever is good for the strong; in slave morality, it is whatever opposes the masters. By pretending that congenital meekness is a choice that is both moral and desirable, slave morality makes a virtue out of impotence and subjugation. Thus, pride becomes a vice or sin, humility is elevated to a virtue, and the son of God washes the feet of his disciples and lets himself be crucified like a common criminal. Slave morality is a cynical and pessimistic inverse morality that involves careful subversion of the old master morality. It seeks not to transcend master morality, but, through ‘priestly vindictiveness’, to emasculate and enslave the strong by convincing them that their strengths are evil. 

Nietzsche maintains that democracy, with its obsession with freedom and equality, is in fact the heir to Christianity, even though democrats generally prefer to trace their lineage to Ancient Athens. In our society, the old and natural Greco-Roman morality vies alongside the inverted Judeo-Christian morality. Modern man is confused because he constantly has to juggle their contradictions, while himself, on the whole, being neither Christian nor ancient.

While there is much of interest in Nietzsche’s master-slave dichotomy, he and Hume seem to confound and amalgamate humility with modesty or meekness. Both modesty and humility involve self-abnegation, but whereas modesty involves self-abnegation for the sake of others or for the sake of receiving praise or adulation, humility involves self-abnegation for the sake of truth and of a higher self.

I’ve found you can perfectly predict the Left/PC/Progressivism by asking this question: what would a weak selfish narcissist trying to appear saintly and pure do?
Celebrate the low, the lowest of the low, making oneself out to be high(er than them). False modesty and when questioned, narcissistic injury. Respect nothing, worship the self and all its basest urges.

If you want your dream to be

“If you want your dream to be
Build it slow and surely.
Small beginnings, greater ends
Heartfelt work grows purely.

If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly.
Do few things but do them well
Simple joys are holy.

Day by day,
Stone by stone,
Build your secret slowly.
Day by day,
You’ll grow too,
You’ll know heaven’s glory.

If you want your dream to be
Build it slow and surely.
Small beginnings, greater ends,
Heartfelt work grows purely.
If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly.”

Why “Haters” might be more successful

article coverage;

“That curmudgeonly selectiveness is a net positive for skill development, study authors Justin Hepler of the University of Illinois and Dolores Albarracin of the University of Pennsylvania argue.”

Warning: psychobabble incoming.

“… likers may adopt a jack-of-all-trades approach to life, investing small amounts of time in a wide variety of activities. This would leave them somewhat skilled at many tasks. In contrast, when haters find an activity they actually like, they may invest a larger amount of time in that task, allowing them to develop a higher skill level compared to likers.”

Wasn’t that called taste?

“This same pattern could also be relevant to attentional control. For example, likers may have more difficulty sustaining attention on a task because they perceive so many interesting and distracting opportunities in their environment. In contrast, because haters like so few things, they may be unlikely to be distracted when they are doing a task, and thus their generalized dislike may actually benefit their attentional control.”

When you ignore the BS of idiots, things get better. I can attest.

“But it’s still quite interesting to have research that takes a behavior that we tend to judge as “bad” — that of being a hater — and shows its more positive qualities, in the same way that neuroticism can be channeled into critical thinking.”

These traits developed and remained for positive reasons.
Overall, if you disapprove of something, you’ve probably put enough thought into it to have reasons. I think that’s the true cause.