Category: Thought

  • Cardinal rule of internet comments:

    The value of an individual comment is inversely proportional to it’s nesting (indentation) within the thread.

  • Paul Graham, Wealth, and Skin in the Game

    I was re-reading Paul Graham’s Wealth essay today when I realized that he’s talking about Nassim Taleb’s idea of “skin in the game”: I think everyone who gets rich by their own efforts will be found to be in a situation with measurement and leverage. Everyone I can think of does: CEOs, movie stars, hedge […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The wound consists precisely in claiming to… –

    The wound consists precisely in claiming to discover and to master meaning, in claiming to suture or to saturate, to fill this emptiness, to close the mouth. Imagine that someone claimed to have said everything that needed to be said on the subject of this poem or that line of Celan, that someone claimed to […]

  • Scott Alexander on Postmodernism

    Slate Star Codex discusses postmodernism. I think Scott actually does a good job explaining some of these concepts. The metaphor at the end is a bit iffy, but overall a nice example of the Principle of Charity. At the end of the day, the best way to learn postmoderism is to read the postmodernists: Foucault, […]

  • Plays and movies

    It took me a while to get into The Castle by Kafka. It can definitely be a boring book, but it doesn’t have to be. What finally got me into the book was this: I stopped imagining the scenery of the story as if it were a movie or a television show: an entire world […]

  • The Principle of Charity

    First off, there is really only one thing to keep in mind when reading a philosophical text, and it’s the thing that seems to be the most lacking in new readers: The Principle of Charity. It asks that you read a text in the strongest, most persuasive way possible, regardless of whether you agree with […]

  • Michael Pollan Debunks Food Myths

    Novelty in biology is guilty until proven innocent. Michael Pollan

  • Michael Pollan Debunks Food Myths

    Michael Pollan Debunks Food Myths