This blog contains what I think might be "big ideas," regardless of subject area. There is a bit of my own writings as well, from those rare times I overcome distraction. A pathological optimist's attempt to direct the river of information towards new ways of thinking. Also, memes.


"If it can be done, it will be done, and it is good…and you will like it."

- People in the tech world. (credit John Brockman @ DLD)

How does time until gratification, and the form in which the rewards are delivered, affect our likelihood to cooperate? (applied to avoiding climate change)

Do people (who can’t communicate) make collective sacrifices for the greater good when the benefits are way out in the future? 

hint: humans suck

Somehow we have to find a way to achieve an unlikely outcome. How can we find a way to use communication technology to build coalitions capable of collective action? 

nerdspeak: group calculation of individual discount rates = climate devastation 


Skip to 1:01:30.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about race, gender, and obstacles on his path to success as a physicist. 

Also, can we talk about how Larry Summers was president of Harvard?

There should be a public option for internet access. Companies should have to compete. Capitalism, please! (minus the cronies)

The McGurk Effect (audio illusion) 

The human Umwelt - misleading since the dawn of self-awareness