Updating the Thiel questions

Updating the list of Thiel questions again. Sorting into categories and adding two new ‘exclusives’.

The strict question as originally stated:

How would you respond if PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel asked you his favorite interview question: “Tell me something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.”

My sloppy variation is more like true but nobody else knows.

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First the non-exclusives, viewpoints or bits of knowledge that are publicly available but usually ignored or inverted.

1. Rights vs duties, Paine vs Morris. This strictly fits the Thiel standard, since many others have examined the subject and reached the opposite conclusion.

2. Broadly the whole subject of real-value economics and skill-estate. Specifically the fact that GDP and growth are precisely backwards from real value-added measurements. Leftist economists have approached the question but haven’t hit the specific point.

3. The crucial importance of storage.

4. Georg Ohm’s original idea about heat and electricity turns out to be more correct than the usual metaphors.

5. Counting votes by hand isn’t slow. In practice it beats electronic counting. The reason for the Electoral College was to make cheating easier, not to compensate for “slow” counting. We’re switching to electronic counting of all votes to make cheating easier, not to speed up the count.

6. In 2008 Bernanke ANNOUNCED CLEARLY AND PUBLICLY that he had no intention of helping the economy. QE was solely intended to boost share value, which it did. The Fed wasn’t “clueless” and it didn’t “fail in its mission.” It succeeded MAGNIFICENTLY. This fact is gaining more visibility, but most commentators still assume “clueless”.

7. Eskimos survived a period of melted ice and high sea levels, and told us about it in their legends.

8. Normal people want security. Criminals want freedom. This is the least exclusive of the list. Populist commentators often get close but miss the second part.

9. During FDR’s time, American media were NON-INTERVENTIONIST and pushed NEUTRALITY. Most people think we’ve always been warlike and aggressive.

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Then the exclusives. As far as I can tell, nobody else has ever written about these.

1. Hubbard’s E-Meter. I examined the original schematic and noticed that it’s not a passive meter but an active stimulator. Then I built the original schematic and proved it painfully.

2. An accurate understanding of the anti-SOUTHERN-slavery settlers in Kansas. They were sent by Northern sweatshop owners to expand NORTHERN slavery.

3. The only externally observable evidence of awareness is REM sleep, so vertebrates and cephalopods are the only known and proven owners of consciousness. Others may also be aware, but dreamers are measurable and provable.

4. Not a fact but a plausible hypothesis that works better than the usual. Cooking started with fermented barley, not with grassfires in the Sabertooth Savannah.

5. Math fails to deal with thresholds, which are a vital and universal fact of life in everything from neurons to shrinkflation.

6. Cave Gas. I’ve been modeling these Lost Places for quite a while. Some are rare, but Cave Gas is the only one that nobody else has documented.

7. Debunked the tiresome Tocqueville quote about voters and largesse. (This fits the strict Thiel standard. Everyone else disagrees.)

8. There is a sharp demographic breakpoint at age 46. People who live hard and fast die at 46.

9. Jennings Bryan was a fake Pied Piper like Trump. After pulling his mice into the open where they could be exterminated, Bryan joined the Wilson administration and helped to set up Versailles and the League of Nations. Total betrayal, just like Trump.

10. New addition to the list. Secrecy is not a malignant development by Deepstates. Secrecy is the entire point and purpose of language and math. Closely related: Contrary to conventional idiocy, secrecy is EASY to maintain forever…. which is another way of saying that secrecy is the default.

11. New addition. If you want to leave a legacy, don’t copyright your work. Copyright sometimes brings in more money. Copyright always places your work into the hands of corporations who can destroy it for various reasons. Most of the reasons are ordinary business, not censorship, but destruction is destruction regardless of motive.

12. Later addition, trivial but unique. The architectural and social significance of BEADBOARD. No architectural history fan has touched the topic, and it’s even hard to find mentions of beadboard online. This also connects with screened porches, which are somewhat more widely discussed.


Scientifically speaking, #1 on Hubbard’s E-meter is the best of all by my own standards. It was a genuine physical experiment with genuine physical results, which proved that a universally accepted idea was false. That’s real science, even if the subject is narrow and specialized.

Historically speaking, #2 on the Wokeites who founded Kansas is unquestionably the most important. I had an indirect personal connection with those people. In the ’50s our family lived across the street from the Goodnow farm in Manhattan, and I often played in their property. A descendant of the Goodnow family still lived there at the time. So the Goodnow documents at KSHS had a strong resonance with old stories and culture.

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