The ‘Scary’ Smart
Sep27

The ‘Scary’ Smart

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see. — Arthur Schopenhour Earlier yesterday, I was speaking with a friend who told me about his friend who was so smart that he went to high school for two weeks, then dropped out because he got bored, and was then accepted at the University of Chicago. Naturally, I had to later Google someone even smarter than this kid to make me feel better about my...

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300 Short Conversations
Sep13

300 Short Conversations

The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed. — King Leonidas, 300 On March 19th, 2012, I wrote my very first post for this site, First Foray (though, I’m not linking it here because it’s terrible).  Now, over five years later, I have written my 300th post. Nearly every Wednesday (or hungover Thursday) I wrote...

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When We Got It Wrong
Jul19

When We Got It Wrong

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. — Jawaharlal Nehru For the last week and a half, I have been at summer camp for social psychologists. No, that isn’t a made-up thing. And yes, I am an adult. (Well, kind of.) From 9:00am – 5:00pm every day, I have been taking classes with two of the foremost professors on psychological interventions: programs that implement social psychology to improve the world...

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Robot Psychology
Apr26

Robot Psychology

We’re fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves. — Ken Goldberg If you watch The Terminator, robots aren’t really that great to humans—unless being besties in the future entails enslavement and eradication. Indeed, most movies with “sentient” robots paint them somewhat malevolently (e.g., The Matrix; I, Robot; all of the other Terminator movies). In our own reality, though, even Bill Gates, Elon...

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The Mind Club
Apr19

The Mind Club

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. — B.R. Ambedkar Would you like to be a member of The Mind Club? Without even knowing what this club’s about, you might already think, Yea, that sounds cool. Minds are good. And indeed having a mind is a good thing–in fact, it may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Because having a mind automatically admits you to The Mind Club, where...

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