The internet wants to put our self-expression in neat boxes, but there's no reason to play along.
Choices, anxiety, and why I haven't written anything in a month.
Some reasons why I use my real name online, both personal and with regard to the truth.
The Economist wrote about how I date, the New York Times wrote about where I live, a podcaster chatted with me about free energy, and we're going to figure out how consciousness relates to brain structure in Putanumonit's bicameral book club.
An overview of Putanumonit for new readers.
Where to find Putanumonish content this July.
Putanumonit is now accepting donations, and donations now let you rent my brain if you have use for it.
For the last 20 months, Putanumonit has been your reliable source for wanton quantification of romantic relationships, devaluation of p-values, the sort of liberal politics that makes liberals angry, and updates on Asians doing sports. For the next 3-4 month, the supply of all the above is going to become much less reliable. I'm not taking … Continue reading Summer Programming Notice
Listing all of the facts that fit your theory while conveniently ignoring any that don’t – this is the kabbalah. The rest is just commentary.
Everyone is writing about stuff I wrote about, just better.
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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