See also my Book Reviews.

On predictions

March 5th, 2024 People as prediction engines, how I got better.

On meaning #3: We who glimpse icebergs

March 3rd, 2024 Invisible entities and how they can help us see more whole.

On meaning #2: In the world like lovers in love

February 26th, 2024 About the two senses of the word ‘in’.

On meaning #1: We thinking animals

February 18th, 2024 The first in a series exploring meaning as inspired by Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’

Notes on Taiwan

January 24th, 2024 Cinema, culture, cuisine. My love for Taiwan is large.

A Love Letter to LXM

December 20th, 2023 Why you should run demo nights too.

We are individually and collectively amassing technical debt

September 23rd, 2023 “We see now that the abyss of history is deep enough to hold us all. We are aware that a civilization has the same fragility as a life.”

Sartorial Display

July 1st, 2023 Wearing clothing deliberately.

The Legacy and Experience of MIT: Safetyism, the Nixon enemy list, and the loss of innocence with Luke Igel

June 16th, 2023 Luke and I talk about our experience at MIT and its history.

Energy Practice as Longevity Intervention

March 18th, 2023 Cultivating energy capacity can increase your subjective lifespan.

Implicit-explicit gradient of nondual awareness or consciousness-as-such

March 17th, 2023 “You are standing in front of the mirror, and all you can see is what appears in the mirror. The mirror simply reflects what is in the room, without changing any of the objects. The brightness of the room is global awareness. The amount of furniture is phenomenal content. Nondual awareness is the mirror, and it contains everything open to your perception.”

*Technology is not inevitable

March 8th, 2023 Claims about the inevitability of any given technology rest on bad foundations and are unhealthy for broader discourse.

Automation and Institutional Friction

February 19th, 2023 In which I argue that technological feasibility is not enough for automation to happen.

Objecting to Decision Theory

February 9th, 2023 A friend and I share our beef with decision theory.

Do what you want to become

January 19th, 2023 A snippet of thought, about careers and ways of being.

*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.