Sugonyev, Konstantin, and Andrei Grigoriev. 2019. “Эффект Флинна в России.” Экспериментальная Психология 12 (4): 50–61. , in which Russia moved up from a PISA-equivalent IQ of 95 (OECD mean = 100) amongst the ~1985-1994 cohorts (PISA 2000-2009)
Monument to the Heroes of World War I, erected in Victory Park, Moscow in 2014. After a more than a year-long hiatus, caused by certain geographic and occupational changes in his life, the author of these lines would like to resume his translations of Kholmogorov’s work. Remembrance/Veterans’ Day seems like a marvelous occasion to present... Read More
I am not going to cover things that well-informed normies already know: How Israel is a weird outlier in fertility by First World standards, and the collapse of fertility in the Islamic world; how life expectancy has been soaring nearly everywhere; the "
Tessa Violet is an American singer of modest popularity and talent who kick-started her career by video-blogging and lip syncing songs. Here is her most popular music video to date: This isn't exactly a pop culture blog, so why am I writing about her? Basically her imperial flag-colored hair has made her into a minor... Read More
I have been mulling over the ideas in this article since early 2016, when they crystallized in more or less their current form. I am not quite sure whether these ideas are rather important, or the ravings of a lunatic. But I am certainly glad to be able to finally unload them from the confines... Read More
I am about to publish an extremely large post, so use this Open Thread for non-related commentary. I have watched more movies these past two weeks than in the entire year before combined. Friday before last, I went to the premiere of Кино как Молитва (Cinema Prayer), which was directed by Tarkovsky Junior. I like... Read More
"Intelligence researcher" doesn't exactly have a reputation as a safe, uncontroversial profession. There are perhaps 200 people in the world who do that full-time. Despite this small population, we seem to get a story - often multiple stories - of them getting denounced, defamed, deplatformed, threatened, and even physically attacked every single year. Thanks to... Read More
Good things come to those who wait! I haven't been idle. I wrote a ~12,000 word mega-longread on a novel solution to the Fermi Paradox. It is probably my most K-selected text yet. t's ready to go and I was actually planning to post it today, but a couple of people were kind enough to... Read More
Meduza is a Latvia-based news website that was started up by journalists who had departed Lenta.ru after a change in management. While it has produced some genuine investigative work, its geopolitical orientations are decidedly anti-Russian and pro-Western, e.g. focusing on the travails of a few cherry-picked Russian businessmen
I have been doing some useful "infrastructure" behind the scenes that will be revealed in another 1-2 weeks that be of use to my readers. More immediately, I have a good feeling that this weekend I'll finally get my "Great Bifurcation" concept written up, as opposed to cryptically mentioning it in the comments every so... Read More
All elites need some kind of internal disciplinary mechanism for their polity to function. In traditional societies, it is mainly the aristocracy's sense of solidarity, noblesse oblige, feudal bonds, the Mannerbund institute. Though I don't mean to idealize it. It proved completely maladaptive come the industrial age. In totalitarian regimes, chiliastic ideology and repression/terror plays... Read More
As commenter Reykur recently As you can see from the above graph, there has been a rather strange divergence between rural fertility rates in those four Russian regions and Russia as a whole. Moreover, they even overtook rural fertility in DICh (Dagestan, Ingushetia, Chechnya) around 5 years ago. Even for a rural locale, a fertility... Read More
This is yet another question that excites much heated commentary in the "Ukraine debates." There is a "school" of thought amongst the more ideological Russophiles that the Ukraine has completely emptied out. Here is
This is one of the main topics of discussion in the endless "Ukraine debates" on this blog, though not one that I usually participate in due to lack of qualification in this subject. That said, I recently saw a very interesting article that I believe definitively answers the question. While supporters of the Ukraine's Polish... Read More
The city of Novgorod has played a central role in the emergence of the Russian state since its founding in 862, as per the Primary Chronicle. That was the approximate date of the appearance of the first settlement at Rurikovo Gorodishche, around 2 km south of the present day city: "And so Rurik acquired sole... Read More
In my tradition of rescuing sufficiently fine comments from the relative oblivion that are long comments sections, I am reprinting Thulean Friend's a paper on this very topic just a few months ago. The entire paper is great and should be read, but here's an (inadequate) summary: What matters in this debate is not the... Read More
So I hear that there have been some protests in Moscow regarding the Electoral Commission's refusal to register some of the liberal candidates, despite getting the requisite signatures. TBH this is so banal by now that I can't even be bothered writing much about them, let alone personally reporting on them
I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.
One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.
Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.