Beginner’s Mind in Engineering

“We’ve been putting together a team of engineers who, for the most part, are too young to say SpinLaunch couldn’t work,” he says. “They’re full of too much energy and excitement to find out what’s going to happen.”

Jonathan Yaney

If cryogenic sleep were generally available, why would anyone choose to not be frozen? Go to sleep, wake up in a better world. This offer is too good: if everyone takes it, who will be left to actually build the better world?

Lolita (first read)

I finally read this last December or so at the recommendation of a friend (who is much more widely read than I). I look forward to a second read at some point in the future. Below are my notes from the first read. They are extracted from a message to my friend, forgive the unpolished… Continue reading Lolita (first read)

Back to the Blog

From Dan Cohen, “Back to the Blog“: It is psychological gravity, not technical inertia, however, that is the greater force against the open web. Human beings are social animals and centralized social media like Twitter and Facebook provide a powerful sense of ambient humanity—the feeling that “others are here”—that is often missing when one writes on… Continue reading Back to the Blog

How do you respond when told something is impossible?

From Ryan Holiday’s new book Conspiracy: It is always revealing to see how a person responds to those situations where he’s told: “There’s nothing you can do about it. This is the way of the world.” Peter Thiel’s friend, the mathematician and economist Eric Weinstein, has a category of individual he defines as a “high-agency… Continue reading How do you respond when told something is impossible?

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