Martin Rezny
An independent Czech thinker, speaker, writer, and composer.
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If you trust behavior panels

By MARTIN REZNY

To know what I’m going to talk about, I’m afraid you will have to watch this analysis first (it’s good, though, and I generally do recommend The Behavior Panel YouTube channel):

Now, isn’t this interesting. …


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Then I have good news for you, if you can at least tolerate my articles

By MARTIN REZNY

This story is fairly brief — I bought a new streaming microphone (HyperX QuadCast, can’t recommend it enough), and I started using it. Specifically, I decided to narrate my articles, for your convenience and to get my YouTube channel going. I have already done three:

Given how many articles I have managed to write and post on this platform alone over the years, I imagine it might take me a while to tackle any substantial percentage of them, but I do intend to try to produce one each week, posted on Thursday (barring the ongoing apocalypse getting even apocalypsier). …


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Bridging the gap between conspiracism and skepticism

By MARTIN REZNY

NARRATED VERSION OF THE ARTICLE

Recently, I have been following the fallout from the Pentagon’s UFO announcement. Or rather, the lack thereof. It turns out that it isn’t that big of a deal to most people, at least not during a global pandemic. If you’re not familiar with it, I recommend catching up on it and on some broader historical context of ufology before reading any further, for example by watching The Basement Office YouTube series from the New York Post.

There have been some less than happy responses from popular skeptics, of course. Like from Thunderf00t, who attempted to debunk the three officially released videos of UFOs, or UAPs, or whatever we’re now supposed to call them, starting with this video. He analyzed the readings on the infrared cameras used to capture the UFOs, trying to deduce the maneuvers that took place, the temperatures, sizes, and distances of the objects, the works. …


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A shameless plug for my new Instagram account

By MARTIN REZNY

Being a writer doesn’t necessarily include a lot of interesting travel or food options, which is a big part of why I avoided Instagram for the longest time. In my life, most of the, shall we say, action is happening inside of my mind. Sadly, our imaging technology is not that advanced. Yet.

But then, when I was forced to create an Instagram account to view what my friends are posting, it occurred to me that I may have done the second best thing to having my mind scanned. …


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And what kind of human can make a civilization sustainable

By MARTIN REZNY

So, green energy is mostly green in the sense that it exists to make more money for billionaires, who would have guessed. As someone who has spent a lot of time watching the visions of optimistic futurists like Isaac Arthur, I would like to focus on what the documentary doesn’t focus on — the ways in which technology can help us transform into a sustainable humanity.

To be clear about my position, while everything depicted in the film was factual, in a pretty damn good display of serious investigative journalism, it is the author’s ideological position that remains unexamined and is mostly communicated through appeals to emotion. The idea of infinite growth economy being a suicide method may be valid, but the idea of stopping growth via population control and energy conservation is anti-life too. …


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And the surprising fact that it is a lot, especially this year

By MARTIN REZNY

NARRATED VERSION OF THE ARTICLE

Full disclosure, I’m not really an astrologer. If you’ve read my articles on astrology, you’d know that I find astrology to be a fascinating thing to study, from the scientific point of view, but that’s about it.

I would say that there are interesting aspects to it that can be turned into practical applications even if astrology as such is misguided, because I have already been able to do that. …


My thoughts on how to bring balance back to the gaming industry

By MARTIN REZNY

So, EA somehow jedi mind-tricked itself into publishing a story-driven single player game with no monetization gimmicks whatsoever, and everybody loved it. Turns out people still enjoy single player games in 2019, who knew.

In case you’re unfamiliar with what I’m being sarcastic about, in 2017, EA’s executive VP Patrick Soderlund basically said that players are no longer interested in linear story-based single player games, as EA was shutting down Visceral’s Star Wars project of that nature.

In a hilarious episode of instant karma, EA then proceeded to create a multiplayer-based Star Wars game monetized to the extreme, Battlefront 2, which resulted in so much backlash that they were essentially forced to pull a complete 180 on all of their BS practices and policies with Jedi: Fallen Order, which of course lead to it breaking multiple sales records. …


And what it means to be the best person for the job

By MARTIN REZNY

In my previous article about the problems with taking IQ testing too far, like by using it to determine whom to hire or enroll, I proposed that maybe we should instead choose insight as the best measure of general intelligence. I also promised to talk about hiring.

So, how do you measure insight? What would it look like applied in a job environment? …


My fairest attempt to evaluate the strongest arguments of the IQ-ists

By MARTIN REZNY

I may have already dabbled in criticizing IQ testing once or twice, but recently, I have been watching a lot of Jordan Peterson’s lectures, and I have to say, I have a better idea now why so many psychologists have such high confidence in IQ — the science of it isn’t unintelligent.

Ignoring for a moment my previous arguments about the intellectual narcissism and racism connected to the concept, multiple types of intelligence probably existing, and that it isn’t clear what’s being measured here even if something real is definitely being measured, there may be more subtle, complex, or potentially deep problems with how the IQ testing data is being measured and interpreted that deserve to be questioned. …


My thoughts on the recent encroachment of politics into computers

By MARTIN REZNY

Whether it’s Blizzard buckling under the pressure of its Chinese investors and customers by banning and fining a supporter of freedom for Hong Kong who won a Hearthstone tournament in Taiwan, or Adobe canceling all Creative Cloud subscriptions for the entire country of Venezuela without a refund because of Trump’s sanctions, this has certainly not been a great weekend for the user.

Yep, that was just the last weekend.

I don’t normally do news, but this is enough of it happening to make me comment on what I’ve been thinking about the policies of certain software companies, specifically including Blizzard and Adobe, for quite a while now. Given that Blizzard has made most of my favorite games and given that I vastly prefer Adobe software over any alternatives, I’m deeply concerned. …


My opinion on the exercise in frustration that is Ad Astra

By MARTIN REZNY

Wow, what a waste of time that was. Just wow. I would say that there will be spoilers ahead, but the only thing that can be spoiled in this movie is the desire to explore space. The movie is essentially about nothing, somehow achieving lower density of worthwhile ideas per cubic meter of space than what is present in a vacuum. And there you have my review in a nutshell.

A Crime Against Science

To be more specific, in this movie, we find out that much like vacuum, humans suck wherever they go, astronauts suck at doing their job, and that space sucks because it’s completely devoid of alien life. Or, if you want to get technical, that they all blow. Space potato, space po-tah-to (presumably Mars-grown in Matt Damon’s wildly more scientifically accurate poop). …


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A high-level analysis of patterns behind these strange disappearances

By MARTIN REZNY

In case you were wondering what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months instead of writing articles here, I guess you could call it research. I’ve been trying to find the best data that doesn’t fit with the dominant paradigm of what is or isn’t supposed to be physically possible. And oh my, is there a lot of anomalous data in the world that serious scientists tend to ignore or refuse to engage with. Like the Missing 411 cases.

And yes, I also rewatched Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, obviously. …


Instead of learning to become mediocre

By MARTIN REZNY

Those of you who have been reading my articles for a long time may already know that I’m not exactly a fan of the standard education model. I could go again over the main reasons, like what it does to limit critical thinking and personal development, not to mention how unpleasant it is. I could also go again over the alternatives, like the open education model. In my experience, though, these aren’t particularly persuasive arguments.

The problem seems to be that while most people would of course like to have an enjoyable learning experience and personal growth, they still kinda have to “get a job”, as they say. I believe the main driving factor behind people not abandoning the standard education model in droves is that they believe that they need those good grades, degrees, and certificates to succeed. …


Plus an overview of the reasonable alternatives that it does have

By MARTIN REZNY

I have recently encountered a decent article about the downsides of meritocracy and a discussion of it by a group of highly skilled people who work in a company that holds this value in a very high regard. Many of whom logically felt the need to defend meritocracy against its alternatives. Or, to be more precise, a version of it called “inclusive meritocracy”.

Now, if the rebranding itself is not already an admission that meritocracy has problems, I don’t know what is. It might as well be called “meritocracy, but, you know, not as mean, hopefully”. It’s basically an attempt to have the cake of best ideas winning without eating the people who don’t have the capacity to have them in the process. The solution here is rather ironic, however — you exclusively hire people who are not only exceptionally skilled in the technical fields, but also possess high EQ and mean well. …


Or why you shouldn’t look up only to people who look like you

By MARTIN REZNY

So, I just saw Captain Marvel, and I have to say, it was fine. I liked the cat, I liked the Skrulls, the de-aging technology is making some serious strides, and I didn’t even find Captain Marvel herself annoying. That’s everything worth talking about here, I guess. Bye!

You’re still here? Okay, let’s discuss the whole feminist agenda culture war surrounding this movie. I could start by saying that both sides are objectively overreacting. …


A debater’s reaction to Project Debater’s debating debut

By MARTIN REZNY

The future is truly here — Project Debater is another IBM’s attempt to defeat puny humans at one of their talking games, after Watson dominated Jeopardy. Sounds to me like the in-between step should have been a project naming AI, but I digress. If you haven’t seen the first historic debate between a human and an AI, I recommend watching it first:

Making Better Decisions

Let’s mix things up and start with the end result of the debate, as that shines the most light on the intention behind the project and its potential future uses and ramifications. The AI lost the debate, mainly because it was better at formulating arguments and backing them up with facts than it was at responding to specific points of the opponent. …


An astro-lunatic’s response to the latest episode of The Orville

By MARTIN REZNY

Man, the universe must be kidding me. I come back from work, I put on my current favorite sci-fi show’s new episode called All The World Is Birthday Cake, and what a wonderful present I get. Spoiler alert,

Astrology is the villain! Dun dun duuuun…

I have to give it to Seth MacFarlane, I did not see that coming. Which makes it a legitimate work of science fiction, as exploring new concepts is exactly what you’re supposed to do on a Star Trek-like show.

In this story, a civilization at about our level of technology sends a signal into space, asking whether anyone else is out there. The titular ship of the show, the Orville, intercepts that signal and immediately changes course to set up a first contact meeting with the aliens. …


Assuming we manage to send the prime evil of Greed back into the abyss

By MARTIN REZNY

I know I’m a bit late to this party, but that means that I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the BlizzCon fustercluck with the unveiling of Diablo Immortal. …


Or whether authors deserve to be killed

By MARTIN REZNY

Relax, I’m not about to go postal, other than in the sense of writing a de facto open letter. The killing or the death of the author is a turn of phrase used in literary theory in reference to one fundamental question:

Does the author matter?

Should we care about his or her intent? Should one consider the context of the author’s life or their social media exploits before reading? …


An update on this terminal degenerative science disorder

By MARTIN REZNY

So, couple things happened. I’ve just read an article explaining that university professors spend only 17% of their time doing research, and that serious researchers might be better off doing some research on the side while having an unrelated non-academic part-time job. I also got another vastly overqualified colleague in my non-academic job — a third example which proves that I am a type and that what’s happening to me is indeed a pattern.

Considering that professors also get overworked, having to work about 55 hours a week instead of about 40, that gives them around 10 hours, 2 hours per workday, that they can spend doing research. Basically, that’s equivalent to my current situation — having an unrelated full-time job without any overtime, which allows me to do research (if I so choose) after my shift is over. …


Hello dear readers,

I realize that I haven’t given you much new to read in the last month, so I guess this is a good opportunity to give you an update about my recent projects that are currently keeping me very busy.

The main one, which some of you may be looking forward to already, is my upcoming book that takes a scientific look on astrology, which will be called Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Astrology. To get some sense of what it will be like, these articles will be directly included:

What Almost Nobody Understands About Astrology and…


And what it has to do with genetic intelligence

By MARTIN REZNY

So, I’ve watched a lot of Jordan Peterson’s lectures with some Sam Harris thrown in lately and I now believe that in my previous article about the unintelligence of IQ testing, I may have missed the crux of the issue.

While I still am convinced that intelligence is much too complex and nuanced to be expressible with a single number, and that IQ as a concept does motivate intellectual narcissism and racist policy, those are not necessarily the main problems here. You see, IQ does “work”.

There is a reason why psychologists like Jordan Peterson believe that it is one of the best measures, if not the best measure, in all of social science. Put simply, IQ predicts success. Namely, career success, or job performance and wealth, along with a couple of other things that I’ll get into later. …


A poem by MARTIN REZNY

Whenever I awake
I see a world of wrong
A world where days keep breaking
all things, however strong

Breathing in, I cut my tongue
I will good and become ill
Here nothing can be done to change
to stop its noxious spill

So I reclose my eyes,
black wings taking flight,
and lean back and fall
into limitless night

Unpolluted by the sun,
the golden tyrant’s thorny crown,
my light is saved from being drowned
and healed from blindness is my sight

The world is banging on my gates
It shouts in protest that it’s real
That who I am is an escape,
as not-are thoughts thinged just for…


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And the exact healthy amount of (not) wanting to believe

By MARTIN REZNY

Aliens exist. I mean, probably, given that the universe is at least near-infinite and has existed for billions of years, during a number of which life on Earth alone has also existed. The reason why I start like this is to make one thing clear right out the gate — the hypothesis that an intelligent alien civilization has existed long enough and developed far enough to be able to travel to our planet to observe us is not silly. It’s not settled yet and it is reasonable.

Why, then, do skeptics and scientists in general treat it and people who seriously contemplate it as inherently silly? …


And other gross misunderstandings of what western culture stands for

By MARTIN REZNY

Before I proceed with the article, this is what inspired it — a scientific research-based case against multiculturalism presented in the style of whatever it was that they used for brainwashing in A Clockwork Orange:

So, to sum up, people who grew up in homogeneous societies who therefore don’t like diversity (because genes don’t control people’s minds more than conditioning in areas like social behavior) keep not liking it when it’s increasing around them. …

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