Assorted Links (March 2022)

The Varieties of Bullshit Matthew Walker’s “Why We Sleep” Is Riddled with Scientific and Factual Errors Impeachment: American Crime Story (from my sister Marisa Hirschfield) The Eros Monster The Courage to Be Alone Is “Anna Karenina” a Love Story? (from Jeff Zymeri)


Guest Post: Does Physics still have room for Philosophy? (Jordan D. Cohen)

By the turn of the seventeenth century, early modern Europe had laid out the groundwork for calculus, deciphered the basic principles of electromagnetism, engineered the telescope and microscope, and devised mathematical laws for the motion of physical bodies. The Scientific Revolution that marked the century ushered in profound advancements among the prevailing intelligentsia and broaderContinue reading “Guest Post: Does Physics still have room for Philosophy? (Jordan D. Cohen)”

Airtime Problems

An airtime problem is when someone spends too much time talking about a serious but minor issue relative to the time spent talking about a serious and major issue.  This is the problem with a lot of discussions about rape: they end up turning into discussions of false accusations. False accusations are real and serious.Continue reading “Airtime Problems”

I’ve gone viral, or Scattered Thoughts on Workism

Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (Ecclesiastes 4:6) I’ve gone viral …on TikTok. So I spend a lot of time on TikTok, for, um, research purposes. This is supposed to be embarrassing. Our cultural obsession with work, or workism, as Derek Thompson calls it, means allContinue reading “I’ve gone viral, or Scattered Thoughts on Workism”

Finger in the Dike

The CFA and Holes As some of you know, I spent the last two months cramming for the Chartered Financial Analyst Level I exam, which I took last week. The test covers over 3,000 pages of material across ten topics, ranging from Ethical and Professional Standards to Economics to Derivatives.  The expression that best capturesContinue reading “Finger in the Dike”

What I’m reading (June 2021)

Entrepreneur/VC blogs A lot of good stuff here. Even if you’re not interested in tech/start-ups/investing, these blogs are worth checking out for general wisdom. Plus they humanize the people behind some very impressive and influential companies. (1) Paul Graham’s blog Graham is a successful founder, but you probably know him because he started Y-Combinator. CheckContinue reading “What I’m reading (June 2021)”

Guest Post: Five Books You Should Read on Soviet History (Leora Eisenberg)

I am not a pundit and I am not an expert: my five-to-seven years of Ph.D. study of Soviet history remain as of yet un-begun, much like society’s path toward socialism. But over my years of obsession with the history of the workers’ paradise, I’ve read quite a few books—some of which my standing nowContinue reading “Guest Post: Five Books You Should Read on Soviet History (Leora Eisenberg)”


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