To Write is to Think

To Write is to Think

Many see writing as a process separate from thinking. As if, for a writer to write, some thinking had to have already happened. And then it became the writer’s job to report on the results of that process, the way a scientist documents his experiments. This is, as the...
To All My Fellow Overthinkers

To All My Fellow Overthinkers

Would you say you’re an overthinker? Or would you have to… you know, think about it first? In my view, there’s something noble in reflecting on your actions, in pausing before making an important decision, in picking your motivations apart to understand what drives...
Is Atheism Compatible with Stoicism? (Thoughts on Marcus Aurelius)

Is Atheism Compatible with Stoicism? (Thoughts on Marcus Aurelius)

I first read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius some three years ago, shortly after my wife had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer. The famous Roman emperor has been one of the few true philosopher-kings, an outspoken Stoic, and had to deal with the loss of his beloved...
Great Read: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Great Read: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

…A button is invented that blinks precisely one second before its pressed. Nothing and no one can cheat the way it works, which proves that the universe is fundamentally deterministic. The human society collapses.  …A robot driven by pure curiosity starts picking...
How Our Parents Deconstruct Us

How Our Parents Deconstruct Us

How is it that the only time I become self-conscious about wearing a hat is when my father’s around? It makes no sense. I’ve been wearing suits, whenever I leave the house, for years, and hats—German Mayser fedoras—since last autumn. It’s the kind of outfit that makes...
Not the Best Year on Record

Not the Best Year on Record

To say that 2020 has not been the most fortunate year on record would be an understatement of epic proportions. If, since 2016, it felt as if the world was rolling downhill, in 2020 it bumped off a rock at the edge of a cliff, like all rolling boulders do in cartoons,...
The Freedom of Thought: Are You Sure You Have It?

The Freedom of Thought: Are You Sure You Have It?

Such an obvious question, isn’t it? Freedom of thought? Of course, we need it, and how could we not have it since we enjoy the freedom of speech? Ah, but the two are not the same. Are your thoughts really your own?  The digital age has brought with it plenty of...
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