Essays

See also my Book Reviews.

Choosing a therapy

December 8th, 2022

I provide my opinion on a small subset of modalities, informed by two years of (nonprofessional) exploration. Helpful for people trying to navigate therapy or ‘self-healing', or if they are me two years ago.

How Open Source Machine Learning Software Shapes AI

September 27th, 2022

A 4k word blog post version of my thesis.

Dairik Amae on Zen and Practice

September 14th, 2022

A discussion with a former Zen monk turned teamaster.

Governing the Decentralized Commons

December 12th, 2021

Taking an Ostrom-informed digital constitutionalism lens to Web3. This also serves as an introduction to my project with Metagov.

Pruning in Brains and Machines

December 10th, 2021

“At one point, you and I were just a fertilized egg cell inside our mother’s womb. Over the next eight months, we grew a brain. When our mother gave birth to us, we were wet and confused.” A group essay for MIT’s 6.881: Tissue vs Silicon in Machine Learning. Featuring microglia eating synapses, Amdahl’s Law, and the Lottery Ticket Hypothesis.

What is an institution?

October 16th, 2021

First in the series on Ostrom’s work. My attempt to contextualize the importance of ‘institutions’ as a concept and Ostrom’s useful answer to this question.

Elinor Ostrom’s Teachings

October 15th, 2021

A stub for an essay series about the economist Elinor Ostrom and her work on institutions.

Questions about governance

September 27th, 2021

Continuing the exercise of mapping questions as a means of understanding a field, I turned to governance.

Questions about economic growth

September 17th, 2021

As part of an attempt to understand the debate around economic growth, I decided to find the main questions at play.