The Opportunity Cost of ‪Not Pursuing Interests

Pursuing interests (defined as an intentional practice, driving your own bus) has obvious happiness benefits.  A fulfilled individual who is pursuing their interests is able at emotional articulation, navigating the world inside their heard, and have the lens of inside–outside perspective (useful to spot algorithmic nudging say). More so, the level of self–inventiveness required in our exponential world … Continue reading The Opportunity Cost of ‪Not Pursuing Interests

On Fermi Decomposition

As we’re starting to think about measuring meaning, and qualitative complexity I find Fermi Decomposition to be a tangible example of the value of reducing ambiguity, and thinking beyond (top down) mathematics. The best-known example of such a “Fermi question” was Fermi asking his students to estimate the number of piano tuners in Chicago. His students—science and engineering … Continue reading On Fermi Decomposition

Properties of Nature, and of the Human Mind

Reading David Krakauer’s announcement on the collaboration between Santa Fe Institute and National Science Foundation I discovered Murray Gell-Mann’s paper, “Nature Conformable To Herself”. Gell-Mann won the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions.”  This paper resonated after an on–going unease I had with a Kantian, rule … Continue reading Properties of Nature, and of the Human Mind

On Conquests

Epistemological conquests–defined here as obtaining universal knowledge about a thing–are tricky in a complex world. Not because they’re impossible, but because the interconnectedness of ideas is increasingly difficult to map, & it is changing exponentially. It is like trying to balance a stack spinning plates while standing on a stack of chairs. New dimensions show … Continue reading On Conquests