What storytelling has to do with our own need for identity and narrative.
I have been spending a lot of time at Blackwell's, recently. The bookshop as remedy, reading as a cure for the ailments of the mind. This accompanied by a desire to touch, smell, and possess books, which doesn't mean that borrowing books off friends is unattractive, but, still, not quite the same. My kindle rests, … Continue reading The bookshop as remedy
I am kind of confused about what matters. I just watched "The Babushkas of Chernobyl", a documentary about old women who live in the poisonous zone around the Chernobyl reactor. It evoked themes I was somewhat surprised to find in this context (although perhaps less surprised to find in a documentary with that sort of … Continue reading How to count when you’re an animal
After getting a bit lost in the question of whether we should in principle be able to have a clue about future ramifications of our actions, I would like to turn back to questions of how well we're actually doing so far. It looks like, for long-term projections, we are indeed pretty clueless. This document, … Continue reading How good are we at predicting the future?
Today, I am looking at whether the future is unknowable.
"Another writing challenge!?" you ask. Fair enough. Maybe I'll drop the word "challenge", to make it seem less grandiose. But it definitely seems to be the case that I deal better with work/research/thinking/writing sprints than with trying to produce a constant trickle of output. Even when I remembered that "write it down" was a good … Continue reading Zooming in: Writing Sequence Number Two
Are humans machines; frail bodies to be optimized and overcome? And what is this haunting sense of there being more to it? An exploration through the cocktail parties of my mind.
I've noticed being confused about this, but luckily I now have blogging as a go-to tool to deal with confusions. I feel like, overall, there are two types of reason that people cite when they say that we can't predict long-term catastrophic risks. One is confined to the methods we are currently using and goes … Continue reading Why are we failing at long-term (catastrophic) risk-assessment?
I have spent at least ten years in my life learning the grammar of music, and comparatively little on living and breathing, and using music as the language it is.This is mainly true for my relationship with my violin (which is turning into a fiddle nowadays), and not so much for singing. There is something … Continue reading Learning the language of music
A recap of benefits, regrets, and unexpected things that happened as part of my writing challenge. Also a taste of what is yet to come!