The Veil of Misery

Dear civilization, We have a specific type of problem we don’t want to acknowledge - but we desperately need to. It is a problem that we are only starting to glimpse as a society, but one we will inevitably uncover more and more as we continue to identify problems and implement solutions over time. The... Continue Reading →

Can Quantum Computing Solve the Climate?

Probably, actually, yes! This one might seem random - "what does this have to do with centrism?" - but I'm actually trying to make a very specific point: The thing about breakthroughs is you never quite know where you're going to find them. Take the climate. Today's solutions for this problem are typically approaches to... Continue Reading →

Who’s in? Who’s out?

This might be the most important - and most challenging - question that I have yet to fully answer. Who gets a seat at the table? Who deserves to be completely ostracized and stigmatized, as opposed to simply having some unpopular opinions? You can see me struggling with this problem here. And here. And here.... Continue Reading →

A Full Throated Case for Centrism

I assume there isn't much interest out there in this hobby of mine, so it's always a little surprising to encounter someone who seems to be on exactly the same page as me. That's what I found in Berny Belvedere's recent work in Arc Digital, It's Time to Give Centrism A Try. Right from the... Continue Reading →

What To Do About Jordan Peterson?

When it comes to controversial political figures like Jordan Peterson - or Christina Hoff Sommers, or Dave Rubin, etc. - commenting is a risky game. Academic institutions, the media, and the mainstream in general cannot seem to decide where these folks fit in. And giving the "wrong" answer can open you up to heaps of... Continue Reading →

A Fix For Nondisclosure Agreements

Update 4/15/18: Planet money did a very strong episode on this issue. Worth a listen. Update 2/15/18: As usual, people much smarter than me are working on this issue. "Sunshine-in-litigation" statutes sound similar to what I'm working toward here, but with some actual substance. Of course, there's much work left to be done. Preface: I'm... Continue Reading →

A Trade You Can Work With

What's the point of engaging with your political opponents? Well, for one thing, you never quite know what will come out of it. If you dive into uncharted territory, you just might stumble onto a trade you can work with. That's partly what happened on a recent episode of With Friends Like These, a great... Continue Reading →

Centrism: A Better Kind of Bias

People often criticize me as if I'm pretending to be somehow free of bias. But I'm not. I'm very biased. I'm just biased towards the center. To be clear, I'm not talking about harmful, negative biases about massive groups of people. I'd just call that prejudice. I'm taking about decision-making biases that help us determine... Continue Reading →

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