Follow ups on The Narrative and Its Discontents: journalists, nerds, politicians, and trolls.
My current probability estimate with regards to the new COVID strain discovered in the UK and the US response. 1 in 3 says we're f***ed.
Celebrating Putanumonit's 5th birthday with some writing tips I picked up along the way.
Please fill out my research survey by 5/18. The results will be published on Putanumonit soon!
Resolving the world feels exactly the same as creating it.
Please fill out my short research survey on the beliefs and habits of my readers. The results, along with my hypotheses, will be published on Putanumonit. The survey is anonymous, multiple-choice, and should take 5 minutes to complete. If you have any comments about the survey, feel free to post them below. Thank you! … Continue reading Short Survey on Beliefs and Habits
Moving, focusing, and wondering how important is my potential.
Dealing with the gap between the pursuit of greatness and the acceptance of mediocrity.
A mythical taxonomy of real loneliness.
A random grab bag of vacation photos, travel observations, and geopolitical opinions.
I write Putanumonit on a 7-14 day cycle of satisfaction and anxiety. When a post is done, I publish it with a mixed sense of relief and giddy expectation. Over the next week, I share links on LessWrong, Twitter and Facebook, and enjoy the rush of the views and comments rolling in. After a week … Continue reading In the Valley of Bad Mindfulness
I am the very model of a self-recursive modeler
My consciousness encompasses itself in many meta layers
Everything I believe in explained by a single chart I don't understand.
The nerd you beat up on in high school is already a crypto-millionaire, so what are you waiting for?
Family and friends of the groom and bride, we are gathered here today to join this young couple in the union of permanent cooperation in the iterated prisoner's dilemma. They are happy to share this moment with all their guests, and are grateful that you provide the social pressure that allows them to commit to … Continue reading The Wedding Ceremony
You see her wherever people are jogging: in Central Park, in Venice Beach, on a college town's main boulevard. It's important that other people are jogging, she doesn't show up if they aren't. You're not sure if it's the same girl you saw that other time, or if there are thousands of them. You never get a long look at her face. But you recognize her from a glance. She's East Asian, skinny and quite pale. Perhaps … Continue reading Unrunner
An anecdote from investment banking shows how bad statistics hide in every industry, and what makes people learn to avoid them.
Changing my mind about the value of the FDA and the sanity of the stock market.
America elected the person you hate most. What are you going to do about it?