August 14, 2014We're naturally poor judges of probability. Correcting our flawed intuitions about chance would leave us feeling less guilty, more grateful, and generally happier.
July 31, 2014Information wants to be promiscuous.
July 15, 2014A lot has changed since humans first settled down, but some basic things about who and what we are have not.
June 15, 2014The language we use to talk about politics works unconsciously to make up our minds for us.
May 31, 2014Good fiction can transport you from your own time and place; better fiction can dislodge you from your own culture, as well.
May 8, 2014A literal new perspective can lead us to a figurative one.
May 6, 2014On the occasion of my 28th birthday.
March 6, 2014“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
March 3, 2014In debates over whether or not we should have the freedom to choose something, we suffer from forgetting that there's a third option: the freedom from having to choose.
December 31, 2013When a system persists despite repeated failure at its stated purpose, look at what it actually succeeds in doing to understand why it's allowed to endure.
December 19, 2013You can learn a lot from what makes you uncomfortable, if you can just get over that discomfort.
December 10, 2013A collection of fantastical descriptions of imaginary cities can nonetheless tell us the truth about ourselves.
July 29, 2013Simply making a list of the things you’d like to change about your life can be remarkably cathartic and show you some patterns to make achieving them less daunting.
June 10, 2013As new technologies disrupt old orders, we as a society may find it useful to adopt some of the agile methodologies from the tech start-up world. But this can't mean that we let people fail the way most start-ups do.
May 30, 2013Circumstance bears heavily on behavior.
March 18, 2013Does technology amplify the ugliest aspects of humanity, or merely reveal them?
February 26, 2013The future might be dramatically different from the present while still recognizably the same.
February 17, 2013We might so want to live in a just world, a world in which bad things never happen to good people, that we try to blame those good people (even when it's ourselves) for the bad things that happen to them.
February 17, 2013Our emotional lives, especially the sad parts, are far richer than language has equipped us to describe.
February 2, 2013Freedom is rarely something you simply have or lose. More often, the prices of some freedoms are others.
February 1, 2013In the future, our most intimate relations will be those with whom we share our source code.
January 31, 2013For four years I lived a second life in the World of Warcraft. It was my solace and my burden, my pride and my shame. It was a lot of things, but probably not what you’d think.
January 31, 2013It is possible to get so busy digging a hole that you don’t have time to take stock of how deep you’re in it.
January 18, 2013Our species can barely handle the present day: how the hell are we going to handle the future?
January 10, 2013Random teleportation can provide a healthy dose of perspective.