A Taxonomy of Hate

I have been thinking about what distinguishes misanthropy from various forms of X-ism, whether racism, sexism, classism, or some other thing. Various X-isms seem like special cases of misanthropy. Sexism is a kind of hatred of women. Racism is a kind of hatred of one or other races.

When framed in that way, it occurs to me that misanthropy might also be a special case. It stands to reason that you could use the same construction of misanthropy, from the Greek μῖσος mīsos ‘hatred’ and ἄνθρωπος ānthropos ‘man, human’, and replace anthropos with βιο, the root of biology, or Ζωή ‘life’. If we were to construct these words, using the form of other English words, it might be misbiopic for hatred of all life. Or, you might use the way Ζωή appears as zoology to mean animals, and formulate as miszoopic.

When going through an exercise like this one, it’s interesting what shakes out. We don’t have words to describe hatred of all life. But, we do have words for hatred of human beings. We have words for hatred of women. But, we don’t talk about hatred as abstracted. It’s singular.

It reminds me of an old trope. It was said that people in the Northern United States loved blacks as a group and hated individuals. In the Southm it was the opposite. Blacks were hated as a group and loved individual people. I think there’s a step change that happens, when moving from hatred of an individual to a group.

Someone that hates a particular woman may also hate most women. But, do they hate them all? Are there environmental factors that come into play? Other considerations beyond merely being “female” that give rise to hatred?

And if we abstract out further, to the level of humanity, animals, or all living beings, doesn’t the universe of other considerations expand as well? With this expansion of confoundable variables, does it make sense to talk about hate in the context of a specific label, whether of humans, woman, or some other subgroup?

I guess where this line of thinking is taking me is that – while we can acknowledge that the prejudgments can be encoded into a social environment, reenforce it in individuals, over time, as culture is designed to do – it misses the confounding factors and gives less visibility into the problem. Your definitions shape your understanding as surely as your life experience (or lack thereof) shape it.

This is the difficult part. What is the source of the hatred? It’s because I’m a woman. It is a simple answer. But, it is also incomplete and wrong, on some level. Intersectionality is one thing. But one section being left off is in-group/out-group dynamics, which may sit above these aspects of identity informed by demographics.

For example, nationalism may drive a country to war. In war, women are raped. On what level is war a hatred of all living things? On what level is rape, in war, an issue of sexism rather than some other thing, such as projection of power?

It’s quite common for people to have hatred for others that are better off materially than themselves. Consider what happens to lottery winners. Is it hatred of those that win the lottery, or is it more abstracted, to anyone that is successful or had a windfall, such as an inheritance?

The reason I’m exploring this issue is I think that many of words, explanations and mental models are deficient to really capture what is going on. It may be that we cannot ever get to a model of reality where the map matches the territory. Maybe we don’t want such a map. But, it would be good to think through the maps we have and maybe make a conscious choice to pick ones that are more suited to our purposes.


I saw this thread on Twitter on Inositol.

I think I’m going to give it a one month N of 1 trial and see if I find anything worthwhile. Even if I think it could be beneficial, I realize there could be confounding factors, such as placebo effect. But, I think it might be worth a try. Better mood, protection against metabolic syndromes seem to be good benefits relative to the small amount of risk involved. Adding to my series of inconclusive or untried trials: low-dose lithium, Hafnia alvei, and so forth.

Rucking was something I tried and feel I can recommend to anyone. Thirty pounds is good for anyone. More than that, you probably need to be an athlete with particular goals. If you are a smaller person, 100 pounds or so, try starting with ten pounds. This is the ruck sack I use.

The Five Love Languages

According to Gary Chapman, the five love languages are:

  1. words of affirmation (compliments)
  2. quality time
  3. receiving gifts
  4. acts of service
  5. physical touch

This book, “The Five Love Languages,” was published 30 years ago. I think it is a good mental model for thinking about relationships, and it probably helps to think of them as a spectrum. It’s not that we don’t employ one or another, but we prefer to use some more than others, some of which may be context dependent.

Personally, I don’t emphasize words of affirmation. I consider that the job of each person to validate themselves. Other people complimenting us should largely not matter. I think looking for outside validation is one of the larger cultural biases that people create. So, this is probably where I am weakest. I can recognize that there can be value in compliments, but I also see them as problematic. I don’t particularly need them, although it is nice to be appreciated.

I probably emphasize “acts of service” the most. Love isn’t a feeling. Or, it is least not just a feeling. Love is a verb. If it doesn’t entail actually doing something different, often putting someone else’s interests above our own, then is it love?

Physical touch is probably second most important. Quality time and gifts follow in the third and fourth spots, respectively. It’s important to give good gifts in situations where they are appropriate. But, a relationship that has a focus on gifts can also be problematic. It’s a physical manifestation of the same kinds of issues as compliments. If it is severe enough it can lead to dependency and transactional relationships.

I haven’t read the book, but I intend to, at some point. When I do, I’ll add some notes to this entry or link to it from this post.


“Write the title of the book you last read and liked. You can also enter just any book you like.
The more titles you add to the list, the more our recommendations will match your preferences.”


Artificial intelligence offering book recommendations. All that is needed is a CSV file upload, Good reads API, or similar. It would be great to be able to input a list and both the books to read first, as well as surface the books that should be on the list but aren’t on it.

Generalizing the 5/10/15 Rule for U.S. Drug Development, Or The Cycle of the New

“U.S. drug development cycle, which he says “always follows the 5/10/15 rule. For the first 5 years, companies hype new drugs; next 5 years all hidden side effects are exposed, leading to black-box warnings and class action lawsuits; in [the] last 5 years, the companies start dissing their own old drug as the patent runs out to begin the hype cycle for their next new drug.” 

-Jane Metclafe, “2023 Predictions-The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.” neo.life. January 2023

This article on 2023 predictions is worth reading in full. However, I particularly found this piece interesting. Ultimately, this is about how incentives drive behavior. So, we might generalize this rule to something like: “Any novel thing goes through a period that focuses on benefits, another period on the risks, then finally becomes the status quo that will be replaced by some other, new thing.”

Boxing Time & Losing

Over the course of writing this blog, I’ve come to view writing as an important activity, like meditation. And like meditation, I find my motivation comes in fits and spurts. One thing I found helpful with this site is the “don’t break the chain” method. Simply create the expectation and the space that you will sit down and do something for some period of time. It’s alright if you don’t do it. But, if that thing is say, running, and you know that it’s the time and you have your running shoes on. Chances are, you’ll do it.

The problem is when you have people in your life that want to live schedules that are different than yours, or have no schedule at all. So, in a moment of spontaneity, they’ll say something like: “I’m going to run some errands. Do you want to come with me?” Or, you have children, who when they are around behave in this way. I suspect that is why parents are so eager to put them on a schedule. If you don’t box the time, you’ll have none left for yourself or the things you want to do.

Perhaps the place where this is most insidious is social media. Like having children around, it is always there, an inexhaustible hole in which to dump your attention. With children, we do this because giving them our attention is an act of love. However, even love needs limits. But, what are we doing with social media? What benefits does it offer?

It can be entertaining. It is certainly distracting, so you do not have to focus your attention on the problems at hand. But, I cannot help feel that it is not time well spent. Whereas, time writing comments like this one, feels more like it is helping me gain a better understanding of how the world works and how I want to be within it.

Social media is like dipping into the Overmind of humanity. There’s interesting material there, but it needs to be balanced again incorporating it into our lives in a way that is beneficial. I’m currently failing to do that, as the infrequent posts to this blog serve as evidence. But, I’m working on it.

Words & Phrases, 2022

  • no fixed address, homeless
  • asphodel, Greek land of the dead
  • bioreactor meat
  • food’s comforting inner cuddle
  • pay-triots, money-grubbing grifters exploiting a nationalist cause
  • the death of nuance
  • axolotls, Mexican salamander
  • mononymous
  • moral holiday
  • the holiday from history
  • call of the void, wanting to jump from a high place, hit a guard rail
  • det stora oväsendet, “The Great Noise”, witch trials in Sweden
  • metaworse
  • defecation on doorsteps
  • digital context collapse
  • torment nexus, propose a new technology and people will go to great lengths to create it
  • X accelerationism, or the belief that mainstream industries can be pressured or provoked into adopting X as a way to protect their assets from being ripped off by people coopting their IP for X
  • full recluse and cottagecore
  • …a part of eternity lies in reach of those capable of staring, unblinking, at the sea’s deranging expanses
  • COVID Casablanca
  • the election of the unfavorables
  • the dark throat of seeds
  • tourist investors
  • a little whalesong in the yoga studio
  • incipient knuckleheadism
  • dorveille, or wakesleep
  • HVEs, homegrown violent extremists.
  • DVEs, domestic violent extremists
  • songlines, divine pathways
  • Metamates
  • behavioral activation, the theory that your actions can influence your mood
  • bitter-enders, people who sit all the way through the credits of movies
  • crystallized in your chrysalis.
  • definitional collapse
  • anticipatory self-censorship
  • res ipsa loquitur, negligence can be determined from the nature of the injury in the absence of direct evidence
  • Debts to be paid: once for a simple trade, twice for free-given aid, and thrice for the insult made.
  • pluralistic ignorance, something no one believes, but everyone thinks that the vast majority believes
  • shitpost diplomacy
  • the fandomification of global conflict
  • geometric progression
  • riding-crop belief
  • the faces at the bottom of the well
  • a different slice off the same loaf
  • an endless chain of half-built houses
  • ambisextrous
  • a digital iron curtain
  • signs in the sewage
  • the stone that stirs the avalanche
  • cyberapocalypse
  • a personalist regime
  • the opportunity set, like the Overton window but for opportunity
  • convergent evolution
  • context collapse
  • revanchism, from the French, revenge
  • a dog’s breakfast of contradictions
  • a meaningless farrago of fragments
  • a hard school of danger
  • writing in a language that is at the corners of change
  • an arc of implication
  • cowboy economics: driven by the spirit of the limitless frontier, where we shoot (or drill) first and ask about consequences later
  • Risk cannot be destroyed, it can only be shifted through time and redistributed in form.—Christopher Cole
  • algospeak, changing the words you’re using the circumvent automated platform censorship
  • technowashing, the growing obsession with technological solutions to climate change
  • a dead link, a sign of ruin in an otherwise living space
  • Jammern auf hohem Niveau, high level whining
  • phlogiston, a hypothetical substance once believed to be present in all combustible materials and to be released during burning
  • prelude to the poop
  • the agency of the virtual, that which acts without physically existing
  • рашизм, “ruscism” or Russian fascism
  • jerk-light internet
  • left of launch, peripheral processes before things happen
  • right of launch, is addressing the present
  • hipshitical
  • blasts of complete batshittery
  • the wealthy, the pale and the male
  • endless struggle sessions
  • te voya decir la neta, let me give the truth to you straight
  • farkakte, Yiddish for covered in excrement
  • Mamahuhu, literally horse-horse, tiger-tiger in Chinese but means careless person or so-so.
  • a man of desires and grudges
  • buzzsaw of fandom
  • The devil wears Pravda
  • wicing, Old English for pirate
  • almost a Belter—antisocial, independent and intolerant
  • a kind of beautiful madness
  • bagualu, alchemist’s pot
  • Zeitenwende, end of an era
  • cyborg locust brains
  • Incertus, not sure of himself
  • ungatz, nothing
  • timeless turtle
  • grizzled geezers
  • The reality of the naive
  • metastasizing mind worms
  • ceteris paribus, all things being equal
  • pareidolia, assigning meaning to seemingly random patterns
  • siloviki, Russian literally people of force
  • No hoper
  • a Barbie that burped
  • [pills] a thousand tiny promises
  • Lashes to ashes. Bust to dust.
  • mingle-mangle
  • damned by dollars
  • epistemically foraging
  • umwelt, the perspective of the world and environment unique to a particular organism
  • mahraganat—meaning festivals, a style of music in Egypt
  • getihu, Chinese, individual businesses or sole proprietorships
  • eucatastrophe, Tolkien, the crash of good fortune.
  • subterranean secrets
  • lingxiu, Chinese, leader
  • deli bal, Turkish, mad honey
  • honey hunter
  • a black hole of charisma
  • dickle, dill pickle
  • forget-me-nazis
  • crypto-coven
  • KTLO, Keep The Lights On
  • plein, French, full
  • chicken of the underpass, rats
  • incel retirement community
  • asabiyyah, group consciousness or solidarity
  • counterelite, a heresiarch
  • Kalb al-Akrab, the heart of the scorpion
  • autoptic, based on one’s own observation
  • involution, reduction in size, increased complexity
  • eudaimonia, well-daemoned
  • ankang, Chinese, police-run psychiatric hospitals
  • proliferating varieties of absence
  • bezzle, when prices rise faster than real value.—paraphrasing John Kenneth Galbraith 
  • paralysed by choice
  • baizuo, woke educated liberal
  • legal cynicism, losing confidence in police leads people to resolve conflicts through their own means
  • abattoir, slaughterhoise
  • roué, debauched old man
  • wantrepreneurs
  • China’s final warning, when China warned Russia many times about the Taiwan Straight
  • graveyard of stars
  • Sokushinbutsu, living mummification
  • opportunity neglect, a tendency to reject opportunities with low probability of success even when they come with little or no objective cost (e.g., time, money, reputation)
  • dullahan, or gan ceann, Irish, a headless fairy carrying a swollen, greenish head with large eyes under one arm, and rides a black horse.
  • twindemic, flu and COVID-19
  • narrative creation overdrive
  • crosswalk cock
  • chumbox
  • kaiju eiga, monster-movie
  • inceligence
  • fertig lustig, ready/finalized and funny
  • ихтамнеты, in Russian, they are not there
  • fail whale
  • errorphants
  • randy reindeer
  • kurashi, hygge
  • vaca flaca, skinny cow, hunger times
  • shiterative
  • algospeak — vocabulary meant to skirt content moderation
  • Orang-Pedek, Indonesian, short person
  • wodewose, huge hairy wild men
  • Eyedropper of gravy
  • Less than mediocre
  • kalsarikännit, Finnish, pantsdrinking, drinking in underwear
  • feces thesis
  • JAG, Just A Guy, average
  • turd bird
  • Quintero, town in Chile that makes concrete and is so polluted it is called the sacrifice zone
  • peregrinations, wandering to different countries
  • Iblis, a Muslim name for the devil
  • VVVVVV, Vilket Var Vad Vi Ville Visa, roughly “Which was what we wanted to show” in Swedish
  • полный пиздец, Russian,completely fucked up
  • apanthropy: the desire to be away from other people.
  • sympathy grift
  • the daily death march of sorrow
  • ideology over evidence
  • melon felons
  • pyramid of skulls
  • anomaly cluster

Spielen Macht Frei (Play Sets You Free)

“The Prussian model seeks to create a population for whom work, no matter how mind-numbing or back-breaking, is the only hope. That’s why they try to inspire us with the promise of a freedom that will never come. When we keep play alive in our own lives, in the lives of our children, even if it is just in the nooks and crannies, we are creating real hope for freedom. If you are reading this, you are probably one of those people keeping play alive. In this world, play is the one thing that can give us genuine hope. It is the only path to freedom. And that is why play is the greatest threat to the status quo.It’s play, not work, that will set us free.”

Teacher Tom, “Play Is The Greatest Threat To The Status Quo.””. teachertomsblog.blogspot.com. December 22, 2022

This morning, I was reading someone talk about how consistency is the key to great work. Before joining family and friends for Christmas Eve or Christmas, one should get a little work done. When I read it, it sounded convincing.

Shortly after, I read this piece from Teacher Tom. Its an interesting contrast. In our culture, value is a function of work. How do we contribute to society? And, our contribution is, for most, determined materially. In crass terms, it’s the hourly rate where we exchange our time for money. That’s our value.

But, it is useful to be reminded that there are other values. As one section describes it:

Yunkaporta points out that the word “work” does not even exist in many Indigenous languages. Indeed, the “work” his people did do prior to colonization was confined to a couple hours a day and was comprised of things many of us now do as a break from work like gardening, cooking, hunting, hiking, camping, tinkering, and fishing. They spent the rest of their time building relationships, making art, dancing, playing games (almost always cooperative), telling stories, and making music. Indeed, they spent their time doing the very things that our youngest children do when left alone to be whatever they want to be — not when they grow up, but right now. Play, not work, sets us free.”


Indigenous people, or even people not part of our post-capitalist society or that live on its margins, viewed value through the lens of being someone who was enjoyable to spend time around. What would our lives be like if this were the organizing principle of society?

On one level, this seems like it would make our focus on extrovertism even more pronounced. It would amp up the performance aspect of society. But, it also makes me think that extrovertism and introvertism might be a kind of filter failure, where our society and the people who were are acquainted with has grown so large that it passes a certain threshold where people stop trying to participate in that society.

If you lived in a society or 100 people or less, where people knew and cared for one another on some fundamental level. Wouldn’t this change our society, where we knew that there was this base layer of caring and knowing that serves as a kind of bedrock on which play rests? Doesn’t it require a certain level of negotiation to move to the kind of intimacy that play requires with complete strangers, particularly in a world where all but the smallest children have been wounded by others?

What would it take to live in a world where play was of primary value? I’ve suggested smaller group sizes. But, what can we do, right where we are, to make this a more important value?

Generational Communication Preferences

Before mobile phones, there were landline phones. If it was someone far away, they would have to pay “long distance” charges in order to talk to you. If it were someone in the local area code, they could just come over. But, with a landline phone conversations tend to be short, and there is the understanding that you are interrupting someone at home.

The key thing is that texting is asynchronous communication. You can respond when convenient for you. With landlines, this was accomplished with an answering machine. But, a text message is obviously better than listening to recorded messages.

I think there is a generational move toward using mobile phones as a substitute for synchronous, face-to-face communication, When I walk around my city, I see postal workers, and a lot of younger women, having conversations with the friends, almost as if they were there with them, while out walking. This is probably a smart adaptation when you have a life that is largely based around social media and where people are part of online communities that are not situated closely in meatspace.

But, that said, “full-on surprise Facetime their friends” is a phrase that makes me very thankful I use an Android device. And, yes, I am aware Android users can still Facetime through their mobile browsers, just as I am aware there is no chance I’ll do such a thing.

One Fifth of U.S. Adults Have Limited Reading Comprehension

“Many counties that lack programs also double as hot spots of low adult literacy. These are primarily in the mountains of Appalachia, the Southern Black Belt, the Central Valley of California and along the Texas border with Mexico, but they exist throughout the nation. In about 500 American counties, nearly a third of adults struggle to read basic English, according to ProPublica’s analysis of federal literacy data. These adults may have a basic vocabulary and be able to interpret short texts, but their reading comprehension may be limited beyond that.”

 Annie Waldman, Aliyya Swaby and Anna Clark, “A Fifth of American Adults Struggle to Read. Why Are We Failing to Teach Them?ProPublica. December 14, 2022

Imagine a life where reading anything beyond basic texts was inaccessible to you.