[last update: February 9, 2018]

About a half-dozen times, I’ve tried to define what I do on this site. And then I change my mind and do something different.

And to the extent that there is a theme of this blog, that’s it: I’m still trying to figure shit out. After more than 25 years of studying philosophy, the law, history, technology, and evolutionary biology, among other things, I recognize that there is much more that I do not know than what I do.

With that in mind, this site is an ongoing work in progress. Every time I post something, consider it an early draft. Posts are often updated when I learn or discover 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:

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 at KieranMcCarthy(at)gmail(dot)com. It’s wonderful to hear from readers, and I always reply (though not always right away).

I don’t have ads or request Patreon, because this site’s not that popular and I don’t have a huge need for money. But there are lots of people who do. I give at least 10% of my income every year to charity and at least 5% to charities endorsed by effective altruism. If you really want to make my day, make a donation with GiveWell, however small, and send me an email to tell me that Joyous and Swift inspired you to do it!

Twitter profile photo credit: Kapuchinsky.