Book Review: The Beginning of Infinity

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”

A List of Projects and Microgrants You Should Apply For

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”

My Five Favourite Episodes of ‘Conversations with Tyler’

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’”

Notes on Persistence and Economic Development

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”

Notes on the Ken Burns Jazz Series

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”

Book Review: Lost Connections

The actual content of Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope by Johann Hari is significantly less self-help-y than the title would suggest. If I were to summarise my main takeaway from this book, it would be this: people are mostly depressed because their lives are bad. Lost Connections is about howContinue reading “Book Review: Lost Connections”

A Beginner’s Guide to Miles Davis

Inspired by: A beginner’s guide to modern art jazz Miles Davis (1926-1991) was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He was one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz, and he had a prolific output (just on Spotify, he has over 1,000 songs). Many of these are different recordings of the sameContinue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Miles Davis”