With luck, this site will someday host a quality collection of effective-altruist and rationalist essays, plus acting as a hub for my literary analysis of games like Braid and The Witness, among others. For now, things are still very much under construction.
Eventually this section will host a LessWrong-style sequence of posts about values and the human condition, in light of facts of the universe like the pervasiveness of darwinian competition, the threat of death, etc.
RecentOverthinking It: Matrix 4 is about choosing the blue pill.
Reality is overrated; embrace the freedom of feelings.Longtermism in 1888: fermi estimate of Heaven's size
A letter from my great-great grandfather that reads more like a Ted Chiang sci-fi.Short Story: The Toba Supervolcanic Eruption
A story about humanity's perilous past and uncertain future.Existential Risk, Anthropics, & Peter Thiel's Investment Thesis
I analyze the investment strategy Thiel describes in 'The Optimistic Thought Experiment'.
The Toba Supervolcanic Eruption
- Winner of the EA Forum's $3000 Creative Nonfiction prize!
X-Risk, Anthropics & Peter Thiel's Investment Thesis
- I analyze the investment strategy Thiel describes in 'The Optimistic Thought Experiment'.
Nuclear Strategy in a Semi-Vulnerable World
- What if all you needed for a nuke was the raw uranium?
Longtermism in 1888
- A letter from my great-great-grandfather fermi-estimates the size of Heaven.
Why the East Rules -- For Now
- Why did the Song Dynasty succeed where the Romans failed?
San Jose's crime-liability experiment is cool.
- New gun control law could help inform designs for weird libertarian utopias?
Games, Movies, Sci-Fi
Examining 'The Witness'
- A deep dive into the philosophy of Jonathan Blow's masterpiece.
'Chrono Trigger' Short Story
- Six perspectives on determinism, free will, and purpose.
Braid Mod 'More Now Than Ever'
- My own fan-sequel with new puzzles, writing, and music.
Meanings of 'Braid': Six Variations on Reality
- Analyzing the mood, setting, and mechanics of the acclaimed time-travel puzzle game.
Meanings of 'Braid': Four Meditations on The Princess
- Plot twists & fan theories. Enumerating Her divine attributes.
Collection of 'Braid' and 'The Witness' interviews, articles, etc.
- My curated collection of all the best analysis out there.
Overthinking It: Matrix 4 is about choosing the blue pill.
- Reality is overrated; embrace the freedom of feelings.