If you’re looking for general information about this blog, try reading my About page first!
This blog has gone through several different “eras” as my interests and writing style have shifted, so this page contains a brief history to help orient you. But first, a curated collection of my best and most interesting posts, to give new readers a flavour for how I write and what I write about:
- Our Need for Need
- Brexit, Trump, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century
- Success over Victory: Some Thoughts on Conflict Resolution
- The Efficient Meeting Hypothesis
- When is it Wrong to Click on a Cow?
- The Dilemma of the Modern Romantic
- Authentic Service and Self-Improvement
- The Atheist’s Flowchart (intro, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, conclusion)
And now, a “history” lesson:
For roughly the first year of this blog’s existence (from late 2013 to late 2014) I had a plan. I posted fairly regularly, working my way through a prepared set of philosophical problems and ideas that had been brewing in the back of my mind for a while.
In a way this era is the most important one; it lays out a lot of my core beliefs and fundamental approaches, many of which show up again and again underpinning my later work. The easiest approach to this era, if you care to read it, is just to start at the beginning. The posts are short and build on each other fairly consistently.
I got through three major sections of this work (Philosophical Foundations, Systems Theory, and Practical Worldbuilding) and was deep in the fourth (Philosophical Problem-Solving) when I ran into some things that I hadn’t properly thought through. I ground to a halt trying to solve these problems, and basically stopped writing.
The Great Gap
From late 2014 to late 2016 I made a total of four posts. One of them was a failed attempt to restart my philosophy roadmap, two of them marked my first discovery and exploration of the website Less Wrong, and the last one was an essay on Brexit, Trump, and Piketty that is still (in my opinion) one of the best things I’ve written on here.
At the end of 2016, I received as a gift a book of philosophy essays by Charles Taylor, which inspired me to post. That post deserved an extended footnote, and then I had something else I wanted to mention, and all of a sudden I was blogging regularly again, albeit in a far less structured manner.
So far I have partly continued my abandoned philosophical roadmap, and otherwise just written what I feel like. This includes an extended series on atheism, some notes on current affairs, and a selection of essays on various topics which interest me. Many of the best ones are linked at the top of this page.
These latter posts usually stand on their own better than the earlier philosophy, but they also tend to be a bit more experimental. I do not shy away from exploring interesting ideas that I don’t necessarily believe in.
It’s now 2020, and the renaissance is still effectively ongoing.