[last update: March 29, 2018]
About a half-dozen times, I’ve tried to narrowly define what I do on this site. And then I change my mind and do something different.
To the extent this blog has a theme, that’s it: I’m trying to figure things out. After more than 25 years of studying philosophy and related topics, that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I probably could have stopped with Plato’s Apology my sophomore of high school and saved myself about 25,000 hours. But alas, here I am, still plugging away.
I’m perhaps most interested in the human response to technology and how that plays out in our laws and social norms. I’m also very interested in meditation, running, addiction, and the culture of Central Colorado. No topic is off limits, but I try to limit my posting to situations where I think I have a good story or some unique insight.
This site is an ongoing work in progress. Every time I post something, consider it an early draft. I occasionally update posts when I learn something new. Updated posts will list the date of the most recent update at the top (as seen on this post).
If you’re looking for a place to start, here are a few of the more popular posts:
- The Hyperevolution of Hyperstimulus
- Refined Sugars and Ad Hominem Arguments
- Why Are There So Few High-Status Threshold Workers?
- What I Learned from My Mini-Retirement at Age 34 (Mostly, that Retirement Is Overrated)
- The Opposites Theory of Presidents (A Story of Recency Bias)
- Randomness, Beauty, and the Oboe
- You Have No Idea How Lucky You Are
- Three Universal Laws on Suffering and Information Consumption
- In Defense of Holding Fewer Strong Opinions
- Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek as Enlightened Anarcho-Primitivism
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.
If you read anything you liked and you want to make my day, please send me an email directly to KieranMcCarthy(at)gmail(dot)com. It’s wonderful to hear from readers, and I always reply (though not always right away).
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Twitter profile photo credit: Kapuchinsky.