I’d like to share with you a section from the famous book on software creation (and creation generally): The Mythical Man Month, by Fredrick Brooks. Why? This particular section is a proud example of our habit, as a species, of letting our tools dampen and simplify our thinking, rather than taking the time to build tools that are ideisomorphic—that is, sensitive enough to represent human thought—or even to build tools that actually expand the compass of cognition.
The Internet may be our finest tool for inculcating the highest values in ourselves—but before cultivation comes freedom.
Be well, enjoy 2021, and illegitimi non carborundum.
Kind Words is not a meditation game, but a kindness game for which meditation is the optimal strategy.
I read my article on bad faith, and how to encourage good faith conversations.
Having taught computers humanity, perhaps they can teach us good faith.
Dear Max, it was wonderful to meet you last week. It bears repeating that I felt as though talking for the first time to a hidden collaborator.
We need to settle our differences, but we need to settle them within a system of decency and good faith, one that prioritizes solutions over allegiance.
Most people are stunningly irrational; falsifiability is a test and a tool that helps us to hew away unfounded mental models and leave behind what works (for now).
Anything not tended, cared for, built or maintained will perish; most living things do this without thinking, but in relationships we need a system.