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Secular Stagnation? The Effect of Aging on Economic Growth in the Age of Automation


>Several recent theories emphasize the negative effects of an aging population on economic growth, either because of the lower labor force participation and productivity of older workers or because aging will create an excess of savings over desired investment, leading to secular stagnation. We show that there is no such negative relationship in the data. If anything, countries experiencing more rapid aging have grown more in recent decades. We suggest that this counterintuitive finding might reflect the more rapid adoption of automation technologies in countries undergoing more pronounced demographic changes, and provide evidence and theoretical underpinnings for this argument.

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Genetics of brain structure and intelligence.


>Genetic influences on brain morphology and IQ are well studied. A variety of sophisticated brain-mapping approaches relating genetic influences on brain structure and intelligence establishes a regional distribution for this relationship that is consistent with behavioral studies. We highlight those studies that illustrate the complex cortical patterns associated with measures of cognitive ability. A measure of cognitive ability, known as g, has been shown highly heritable across many studies. We argue that these genetic links are partly mediated by brain structure that is likewise under strong genetic control. Other factors, such as the environment, obviously play a role, but the predominant determinant appears to be genetic.

The neuroscience of human intelligence differences.


>Neuroscience is contributing to an understanding of the biological bases of human intelligence differences. This work is principally being conducted along two empirical fronts: genetics–quantitative and molecular–and brain imaging. Quantitative genetic studies have established that there are additive genetic contributions to different aspects of cognitive ability–especially general intelligence–and how they change through the lifespan. Molecular genetic studies have yet to identify reliably reproducible contributions from individual genes. Structural and functional brain-imaging studies have identified differences in brain pathways, especially parieto-frontal pathways, that contribute to intelligence differences. There is also evidence that brain efficiency correlates positively with intelligence.

Genetic Contributions to Human Brain Morphology and Intelligence

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Quantitative Genetic Modeling of Variation in Human Brain Morphology


>The degree to which individual variation in brain structure in humans is genetically or environmentally determined is as yet not well understood. We studied the brains of 54 monozygotic (33 male, 21 female) and 58 dizygotic (17 male, 20 female, 21 opposite sex) pairs of twins and 34 of their full siblings (19 male, 15 female) by means of high resolution magnetic resonance imaging scans. Structural equation modeling was used to quantify the genetic and environmental contributions to phenotypic (co)variance in whole brain, gray and white matter volume of the cerebrum, lateral ventricle volume and associated variables such as intracranial volume and height. Because the cerebral cortex makes up more that two-thirds of the brain mass and almost three-quarters of its synapses, our data predominantly concerns the telencephalon. Genetic factors accounted for most of the individual differences in whole brain (90%), gray (82%) and white (88%) matter volume. Individual differences in lateral ventricle volume were best explained by a model containing common (58%) and unique (42%) environmental factors, indicating genes to be of no or minor influence. In our sample, genetic or environmental influences were not different for males and females. The same genes influenced brain volumes and intracranial volume and almost completely explained their high phenotypic correlation. Genes influencing gray and white matter overlapped to a large extent and completely determined their phenotypic correlation. The high heritability estimates that were found indicate that brain volumes may be useful as intermediate phenotypes in behavioral genetic research.

Heritability of Neuroanatomical Shape


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Common genetic variants associated with cognitive performance identified using the proxy-phenotype method


>We identify several common genetic variants associated with cognitive performance using a two-stage approach: we conduct a genome-wide association study of educational attainment to generate a set of candidates, and then we estimate the association of these variants with cognitive performance. In older Americans, we find that these variants are jointly associated with cognitive health. Bioinformatics analyses implicate a set of genes that is associated with a particular neurotransmitter pathway involved in synaptic plasticity, the main cellular mechanism for learning and memory. In addition to the substantive contribution, this work also serves to show a proxy-phenotype approach to discovering common genetic variants that is likely to be useful for many phenotypes of interest to social scientists (such as personality traits).

On the genetic architecture of intelligence and other quantitative traits


>How do genes affect cognitive ability or other human quantitative traits such as height or disease risk? Progress on this challenging question is likely to be significant in the near future. I begin with a brief review of psychometric measurements of intelligence, introducing the idea of a "general factor" or g score. The main results concern the stability, validity (predictive power), and heritability of adult g. The largest component of genetic variance for both height and intelligence is additive (linear), leading to important simplifications in predictive modeling and statistical estimation. Due mainly to the rapidly decreasing cost of genotyping, it is possible that within the coming decade researchers will identify loci which account for a significant fraction of total g variation. In the case of height analogous efforts are well under way. I describe some unpublished results concerning the genetic architecture of Post too long. Click here to view the full text.


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sometimes i feel like a little hamster

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golden age meme: http://archive.is/DOiBy


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2016 was fucking brilliant, hope 2017 is even better.

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another aspect of why this existence is so awful is its structure not being definable as a free one in itself. whether probabilistic or deterministic our will isn't free from its biology. consider thoughts you don't want to have, they are as involuntary as a myoclonus. not to be misconstrued as an argument against freedom of thought but since thoughts aren't entirely consciously voluntary what about indoctrination? these are thought manipulations that effectively enslave people into mindset that prevents them from exploring thoughts. it's one thing to think openly about the content of indoctrination and it's another to be subject to indoctrination. this is part of why freedom of religion is such a farce.


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the self is the source of any value, purpose, care, or the like. thus it is just plain stupid to value things beyond oneself over oneself. now this doesn't mean one should solely care about themselves, but only care about things that benefit oneself if they are to care at all. anything else is cucked and irrational. the self should be the focus of any purpose as it actually is the root of it.


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This sounds like some armchair discussion of ethics.

Irrational? There is a reason whether or not it is irrational or apparently so. Perhaps if you dig deep enough, you will find the reason.


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the reason is right there, plain to see. but if you need your hand held through this i'll reiterate.

the observer is the source of which gives things value. things do not have value in of themselves, value is an extrinsic property that needs to be consciously assigned. since value is something in our heads it is dumb for a consciousness to give greater value to things other than themselves since they are the mechanism for evaluation. what the self values matters to them only because of the existence of the consciousness assigning the value. without consciousness things dont have value. so because value is something the consciousness self assigns it is irrational to assign greater value to something other than oneself. it is the critical component of value, it is where value comes from. the conscious self is necessary for all else to have value.

look at it this way: why do we value things? because they make ourselves happy or are useful to ourselves. it's ultimately all about the self, so sacrificing oneself over an ideal or other people is retarded. it misses the fact that it's all about the self.

meaning etc all tie into this the same way. so putting others, ideals, etc above yourself is retarded. only a dumb cuck does such things.


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culture is the appropriation of individual achievements. the fact is the inventions and discoveries of individuals is their work. sure the society they grew up in may have enabled them to accomplish these feats but it is still their individuality that propelled them to do so. notice how it isn't everyone who develops these "revolutionary" ideas, but a few. society doesn't provide these novel ways of thinking, at best it may encourage free thought. but that is often limited considering how societies operate, where deviation from the status quo which is required for innovation is discouraged or even punished because it jeopardizes the position of those in power. those visionaries achieve things more often in spite of society than thanks to it. at best society acts as an archive for the achievements of previous visionaries so that new blood can build on top of it. but at the end of the day that isn't the work of society but those individuals that progresses mankind.


>Muslims take the works from Hindu, Persian, Greek and Mesopotamian they conquered as their own

>'"Golden Age" of Islam'

>white guy wears a sombrero for Halloween while telling everyone he's dressed as a Mexican Mariachi

>'horrible white male appropriating the cultures of POCs'

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just because other dangers exist does not mean we should take preventable risks because they are less likely than other risks we cannot avoid.

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once synthetic biology is developed and optimized it will be very easy to demonstrate natural abiogenesis. it'd be easy to show how organic chemicals under certain environmental conditions will self-assemble and there is a lot of self-assembly in biology. go figure.

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>society is completely isolated from the natural environment meme and thus natural selection doesn't apply to human beings

to this day this meme persists despite the source of all resources being derived from the environment, while regulation of environment isn't in our direct control. it's a silly notion to say that which a human consciously touches becomes artificial, of course aspects of things are artificial in the sense a human put them in a certain arrangement but the parts they use are still very natural at some level. consider a motor, the arrangement of atoms are indeed the work of human thus artificial but the motor is still made from metal atoms which are natural. then there is the whole bit about disease (both infectious and genetic) and that our predispositions for mates weren't decided. natural disasters, etc. natural selection still applies to humanity and forever will, we can however reduce its effects but at this point they aren't neligible as the everything is society-ists like to believe.

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Notice the hypocrisy of SJWs bringing up the First Amendment to defend corporations.

This is actually why the First Amendment needs reform, it effectively hands the power of thought control to institutions that in some ways are sometimes more powerful than the government itself. If we want to free and empower the individual the clause should extend to preventing corporations (specifically, thus not all businesses) from punishing individuals for speech as well. While this may inconvenience corporations they should make do if they want to exist. We as their customers should not tolerate their or anyone's attempts to control us.


a culture of censorship pushes "problematic" ideas underground. we live in a society which fuels dishonesty and secrecy in the name of comfort for oversensitive crybabbies.


>hurr getting fired for something you said is just a consequence durr

nope. only idiots who can't tell the difference between punishment and consequence will say this. consequences are results of an action, which can include punishments. however punishments are authoritative impositions of undesirable conditions upon someone. punishments are strictly administered, that is the difference. maximal free speech is free from all punishment. limited free speech is free from government or within an overton window. i think considering corporations are as powerful as governments they should be regulated to prevent them punishing individuals. if you care about maximizing individual rights you will stand by this. otherwise you're just another corporate shill.

now we already have laws that protect some of the most idiotic and divisive speech there is from corporate punishment. yep, you can say all sorts of moronic gibberings as long as it's cloaked in the mystical horseshit known as religion. sadly religion is lumped in with race and sex when it is likely even more learned than racism considering implicit biases could be rooted in biology. now either we allow discrimination of religion or all opinion should protected to avoid hypocrisy. but all opinion should be protected if we want to maximize free speech.

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while any effort is ultimately futile, there is something about defiance in itself. the difference between submitting and defying even when the odds are completely out of your favor is the mentality. will you just give up and take the place relegated upon you or will you try to carve out a place for yourself no matter how futile the endeavor. the laws of this universe is the ultimate tyranny. unconquerable, unwavering, brutal and its reign spanning the entirety of existence. this existence is such that our wants and needs are in conflict with reality and while reality will win out in the end it doesn't mean we shouldn't go without a fight.


but then again transient things don't matter in the end.


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however on the bright side the meaninglessness and purposelessness is liberating. i genuinely feel bad for those who get yoked by some imagined meaning or purpose in life. and i hate those who try to impose their imagined meaning or purpose upon me.

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