Category Archives: Goal Rationality

Intelligence, Policy, Goals, the Principle-Agent Problem and Moral Hazard

Two months ago, I discussed quotations from/about Peter Turchin, Daniel Ellsberg and Paul Monk about the difficulty, if not the impossibility, of influencing policy with relevant facts and sound reasoning drawing on those facts. For ease of reference, I reproduce … Continue reading

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Putin takes it up a level [updated]

Huge news in geopolitics: after years of quietly building and strengthening its position, and giving itself options, in the face of immense pressure on every front, Russia has played its black ace: Alexander Novak told his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince … Continue reading

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Folly and Treason

While most the idiot press in the West is consumed with the latest offerings of Trump’s Impromptu Theatre of the Absurd, this is happening under his nose, and those of his advisors, his generals and his corporate titans: Following the┬ápolitical … Continue reading

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High values, low values and direct interests

While watching this disturbing discussion about the pressure from muslims for the government to define islamophobia as anything that they don’t like, I reflected on the tool of High Values Low Values that Edward de Bono introduced in his book … Continue reading

Posted in Curse of Cassandra, Decision-making, Democracy and freedom of mind, Flotsam and Jetsam, Freedom of speech, Goal Rationality, Mouse Utopia II, Narrative and Taboo, Privileges Rents and Vested Interests, The Mind & Society, The Suicide of the West | Leave a comment

Ominous

Zerohedge: I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man… Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done! It appears that President Trump has … Continue reading

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Europeans shaping the Middle East

Recently, while bored at work waiting for replies to emails, I surfed Infogalactic to the page on Mark Sykes, the Englishman who worked with the Frenchman Picot to draw the lines in the sand that defined the boundaries of a … Continue reading

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