About

Jackson Wagner

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.

Grounding Philosophy



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.

Recent

Existential Risk & Peter Thiel's 'Optimistic' Investment Thesis

I analyze Thiel's investment strategy, using ideas like X-risk and the anthropic principle.

Collection of 'Braid' and 'The Witness' interviews, articles, etc.

My curated collection of all the best analysis out there.

Examining 'The Witness'

A deep dive into the philosophy of Jonathan Blow's masterpiece.

The Meanings of Braid: Six Variations on Reality

Analyzing the mood, setting, and mechanics of the acclaimed time-travel puzzle game.

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Effective Altruism


X-Risk & Peter Thiel's "Optimistic" Investment Thesis
- I analyze Thiel's investment strategy, using ideas like X-risk and the anthropic principle.


Nuclear Strategy in a Semi-Vulnerable World
- What if all you needed for a nuke was the raw uranium?

Life Optimization

Eventually this section will host some personal notes about managing finances, how I think about health/diet/etc, disaster preparedness, and thoughts on how to make big life decisions.

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.