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Answering the weirdest search queries that have brought readers to Putanumonit.
Welcome to day 14 of Putanumonit's birthday week celebration! It's time to wrap up the year-in-review and get ready for a couple of serious writing projects. In Zero Agents and Plastic Men I tried to conjure up some new jargon, and it turned out kind of lame and confusing. My buddy Ryan and I came … Continue reading Year 1 Redux – Friends and Rationalists
Putanumonit's birthday week continues, this is the second of my year 1 review posts. Smart students, stupid charts I stand behind everything I wrote in I Smell a Chart, at least until someone shares it with FiveThirtyEight's Leah Libresco who will politely explain why I'm an idiot. My post focused on the abuses of data and statistics in … Continue reading Year 1 Redux – Trump
A series revisiting year 1 of Putanumonit. Today: Serena Williams vs. Ivan the Terrible.
Happy birthday to Putanumonit! Come celebrate with me next Friday (10/28) at Zach Weinersmith's BAH Fest West. If you move fast you can grab one of the few remaining $10 tickets. I'm giving a talk on the dumbest idea ever to solve the global food crisis. For a taste, here's my performance from last year's BAH … Continue reading A Year of Putting a Numonit
Status update 5/25/2016 Do rich people deserve their riches? Do poor people deserve their poverty or criminals their punishment? Is inequality a problem that needs to be solved? Inequality of what, exactly? For the past few weeks I've been obsessed with the idea that we're thinking about these things in an entirely wrong fashion. Not … Continue reading Brain Rewiring in Process
Putanumonit has raised more than $8,000 for a trial of basic income in Africa, including reader donations and my own matching.
Some housekeeping notes and figuring out what the jackpot has to be for a positive-value lottery.
This blog lives by a two-part creed: You can put a number on anything if you try hard enough (number quality not guaranteed, see store for details). Once you put a number on something, you improve your understanding and decision making (even if the number isn't of prime quality). At the core of this belief is the idea that … Continue reading We Hold These Truths