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.
January 5, 2013Reflections on a 74-hour podcast about 1,000 years of Roman history.
December 27, 2012We are to the timeline of the universe as the blink of an ant’s eye is to the history of our species.
December 12, 2012Happiness is not a goal to be attained, but a skill which takes practice.
November 4, 2012What if disturbances in the fabric of spacetime enforced technological disparities between parts of a city?
November 2, 2012Technology will render human toil unnecessary; whether that renders humans unnecessary is up to us.
October 9, 2012In the future, everything can be a game, but should it?
September 4, 2012Language is power.