About

I recently published The Moral Foundations of Progress, and am now pursuing questions raised by this initial investigation.

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More abstractly, much of my work consists of:

  • Compiling data to tackle a complex question usually thought of as qualitative
  • Applying tools from economics and mechanism design to issues outside their domain
  • Opinionated claims against over-valued aspects of the zeitgeist

I’m proud to be featured in Scott Alexander’s Blog Roll, Tyler Cowen’s Marginal Revolution, and Byrne Hobart’s The Diff.


Recommendations and Awards


If you’re interested in meta-posts about the process of writing the blog:

I cite and am inspired by many other writers. The two most underrated are Fantastic Anachronism and For Our Posterity.

One downside of writing anonymously is that I can’t thank by name the many friends who have contributed ideas, comments and encouragement. For now, it will have to suffice to say that they exist, and I’m immensely grateful for their support.

My editor is Alexey Guzey, all errors his.


Really, I just want an outlet to express the thoughts that are personally meaningful to me.

That might sound odd, but it shouldn’t. There’s no reason to relegate complex questions to a purely intellectual domain. Consider the profile of Liu Cixin:

Liu had an epiphany about the concept of a light-year—the “terrifying distance” and “bone-chilling vastness” it implied. Concepts that seemed abstract to others took on, for him, concrete forms; they were like things he could touch, inducing a “druglike euphoria.” Compared with ordinary literature, he came to feel, “the stories of science are far more magnificent, grand, involved, profound, thrilling, strange, terrifying, mysterious, and even emotional.”