PSA: If you live in the Edinburgh area, I am organising an Astral Codex Ten meetup group. The first meeting will (probably) be on the 24th of October with Scott Alexander himself, but hopefully we will have enough people to be sustaining after that. I also help organise an effective altruism group in Edinburgh, soContinue reading “Links for September”
I have watched a lot of maths videos on the internet. The medium of YouTube is quite well suited to maths; maths books are frequently either boring or are really about maths history/psychology/sociology. People sometimes ask me for recommendations of maths channels and videos to watch, so I thought I would write this guide toContinue reading “A Layman’s Guide to Recreational Mathematics Videos”
What I’ve been reading Slime Mold on tricameral legislatures. What if there were three houses of Congress, the third one being composed of randomly selected members of the population, and laws could be approved by any two out of three of the houses? This post works through that idea. If you are looking for moreContinue reading “Links for August”
Inspired by: Naval, If Sapiens Were a Blogpost and Brett Hall’s podcast. Many people have recommended the book The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World by David Deutsch to me. I don’t know how, because I can’t imagine any of them actually finished it. Previously on my blog I’ve reviewed books and beenContinue reading “Book Review: The Beginning of Infinity”
If you are looking for an idea rather than something to apply for, you may want to check out my ideas page. In secondary school, I did a lot of extracurriculars and projects. I generally found them to be significantly more beneficial than my actual education. They tend to fall into three categories: a) paidContinue reading “A List of Projects and Microgrants You Should Apply For”
Inspired by: Fergus McCullough. Podcast feed: Website, Apple podcasts, Spotify, RSS Conversations with Tyler is one of my favourite podcasts. In it, the economist Tyler Cowen asks detailed (and often rapid-fire) questions of guests, which often include authors, philosophers, scientists and economists. Conversations with Tyler is very information dense, and has a lot of replayContinue reading “My Five Favourite Episodes of ‘Conversations with Tyler’”
How much of economic development is determined by long-run historical forces, and how much of it by contingent leaders, thinkers, and events? I originally took these notes for an entry to an economics contest. They’re not rigorous in any way, but I thought it might be of interest to readers. I posted a lightly editedContinue reading “Notes on Persistence and Economic Development”
I added an ideas page to this website, which can be accessed from the homepage. I also added a projects page for miscellany that doesn’t fit into a blog post. What I’ve been reading George Orwell’s thoughts on the common toad. “Presently [the toad] has swollen to his normal size again, and then he goesContinue reading “Links for July”
I recently watched Ken Burns’ 12-part documentary series about the history of jazz. Burns is known for producing epic documentary series like this, including one on the Vietnam War. Here are the notes I took from it, for those of you interested: This series talks a lot about how jazz could only have happened inContinue reading “Notes on the Ken Burns Jazz Series”
First, some housekeeping: This blog is now funded by Emergent Ventures! Huge thanks to Tyler Cowen for this. My Miles Davis post got a fair amount of traction. I got a lot of feedback, most of which was constructive. My biggest error was not paying more attention to the late career live recordings, which areContinue reading “Links for June”
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