January 19, 2015We must waste what little time we can with all our heart.
December 30, 2014Is citizenship really priceless?
November 23, 2014Societies and individuals obey different, sometimes conflicting, moral systems.
November 4, 2014Privilege is less about perks you receive than about problems you don't have.
September 1, 2014Sometimes, it is better to be influential than powerful.
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.
June 13, 2014The future will be a lot like the present, only more.
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.
September 3, 2013The most nefarious looters in the aftermath of a disaster are sometimes the policymakers responding to it.
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.