Essays

My essays are published through the Be Wrong newsletter. I send out posts at least once a month, which is around how long it takes for me to ensure that it's a good essay.

“I always want to have a big idea to leave you with, as a small token in return for the time of yours that I'm wasting. I believe that I have a lot of neat ideas, but once I'm too conscious of it, I realise that to make up for the colossal price you're paying, it has to be a really, really, really neat idea.” Egg Report

This is the deal I make with my readers. I might not be the best writer you could be reading, but I've gotten pretty good. And I refuse to publish anything that wouldn't be fun to read.

Author's Picks

These are the pieces I think have held up well over time, ranked in descending order of favouriteness. Topics include social dynamics, ideas that are alive, good form, and grand theories of everything. And some econ, of course.

What Do Your Ideas Want From You? — are you being used by your ideas, do you want to be?

The Problem of Too Much Money — yes, it’s a real thing. yes, i wish i had that problem too.

Markets Are Kinda Fake — truly efficient distribution has never been tried.

Form is Fake — you don't have to do it that way + a case for rule-skepticism.

Apologies as Signalling — nervous hedging or signifier of taste?

The Expected Value of Friendships — there's still alpha in friendships + other financial analogies.

A Speech I would Like To Give Undergrads — on slow rebellions + avoiding little leagues + doing better.

The Desert Island Test — a thought experiment in mimetic desire + the nebulous nature of wants.

Why We Haven't Solved Everything — a taxonomy for problems + human-complete problems + why they'll always be around.

Network States and the Nature of the Firm — what Coase might have had to say about starting a bunch of new countries.

Blogroll

The writers in this list are people who's writing I am always excited to recieve new installments of.

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Secretorum weird ideas, metascience, cults
Experimental History psychology, more weird ideas, culture
The McLegibilist communication theory, humans, metascience, the inexact sciences
The Inexact Sciences communication, philosophy, langauge, social dynamics, illegible science
Subpixel Space internet culture, media, the wonderful web, lots and lots of cool stuff
Robin Sloan books, modern life, short stories, creative computing, the internet
Things Of Interest code, time, science fiction
Egg Report philosophy, culture, short stories, armchair psychology
Mythical Strength lifting, training, rants, raves, getting stronger
Default Wisdom internet history, millennial nostalgia, media ecology, fandom and fan studies, wisdom & advice
Numb at the Lodge culture, the dying internet, pseudepigrapha, essays, manifestos, satyrs and screeds.
samzdat modern society, half-truths, quantification, occassional nihilism
Hotel Concierge psychology, people, culture critique, possible TLP alt
Samstack social science, EA, philosopy, forecasting, interesting miscellania
Overthinking Everything good advice, thinking, estimation, being human
Dan Wang annual letters, technology, China, the secure transport of light
Dan Luu computers, productivity, tech culture, benchmarking
chiefofstuff tech, operating, careers, fun stuff
Commoncog business expertise, learning, careers, 50% academic / 50% practical
The Diff finance, technology, inflections
Kalzumeus + BAM marketting, software, SaaS, careers, financial infrastucture
nadia.xyz tech and OSS culture, co-ordination, ideas, philanthropy, notes
Strange Loop Canon economics, technology, science, society, a science of business
The Honest Broker music, history, culture, internet publishing
Table Stakes law, regulation, policy, realness, vignettes
Putanumonit math, rationalism, economics, dating, numbers and bell curves
Information Processing statistics, genomics, science, economics, optimism of the will
Don't Worry About The Vase game theory, rationality, philosophy, economics and trading
Axiom of Chance math, science, statistics, systems
SLIME MOLD TIME MOLD mad science, epistemics, experiments, bad hypotheses.
Bzogramming computer science, neuroscience, math, programming weirdness
Desystemize philosophy, details and date, decisions, more philosophy,
Qualia Computing qualia, cognitive science, consciousness engineering