Once upon a time, I thought I wanted to work in climate. I studied environmental science in college and spent my first year out of school working with…
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August 2022

Fertility rates are declining in developed countries, dipping below replacement rates. 1 in 4 childless American adults cite climate change as a major…
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May 2022

In my last post, I wrote that "effective altruism, despite its popularity, cannot singlehandedly meet the civil purpose of philanthropy.” I thought I…

March 2022

There are stories of all-powerful gods, and those of gods who are flawed. Lazy gods, reluctant gods, petulant gods, hedonistic gods who indulge…
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In the last two years, there’s been several billion dollars’ worth of new initiatives that aim to improve how science is done. I wrote a case study…

November 2021

Kevin Kwok has a schtick about how friend groups underinvest in themselves. A group of people with high mutual trust, shared interests, and low…
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August 2021

First month of job freedom has been great so far. I spent a couple of weeks in Redondo Beach, a quiet beach town filled with retired and military…
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July 2021

First things first: sorry for the silence. The last post I sent out was in October of last fall, breaking the monthly cadence I'd kept up for the…
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October 2020

I went to Disneyland with a few friends at the beginning of this year. For those who've never been, Disneyland consists of multiple mini-parks that…

September 2020

I wrote about the crash of our social markets at the start of the pandemic. While much has been made of the recovery of our financial markets…

August 2020

I wrote four drafts of this newsletter that I'm not going to send to you. Each one is about a completely different topic. None of them are bad, I don't…

June 2020

I've published a book about online communities, told through the story of open source developers. It's called Working in Public: The Making and…
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