Manifesto

[last update: November 6, 2017]

This site originated as a place for me to share my ideas. Over time, I came to value the importance of my own opinions less. Now I mostly read what smarter people have to say and do my best to summarize it in plain language. I spend an average of about three hours a day reading. What I write about here is the “best of” playlist of what I read.

I still occasionally write about my own ideas, but I try to limit those occasions to when I haven’t seen anyone else write about a topic or when a personal narrative is an essential part of what I’m trying to say.

My areas of interest include law, philosophy, running and physical play, meditation, artificial intelligence, music, people who call themselves rationalists and metarationalists, social norms, behavioral economics, effective altruism, evolutionary biology, nature and naturalism, and mountain culture.

This site is an ongoing work in progress. Every time I post something, it is just an early draft. Posts are often updated when I learn or discover something new. Some bloggers might object to this as a form of revisionism, but this isn’t a news or a prediction site. Updated posts will list the date of the most recent update at the top (as seen on this post).

Finally, whatever the post or the topic, I try not to let my attention wander too far from appreciating the wonder of the very fact that we are alive. The odds against our being alive and conscious are really high. It’s easy to die and, at least for now, inevitable. I try to remind myself of that fact often, and so aspire not to take most of life’s status competitions too seriously.

I think this is a heckuva time to be alive.

For concerns, complaints, objections, and criticisms, feel free to contact me directly at Kieran(dot)McCarthy(at)gmail(dot)com.

Twitter profile photo credit: Kapuchinsky.