A list of ten ways we are decadent and a (speculative) theory about why it might not matter

Decadence here means sameness, complacency or boredom, as recently discussed by Ross Douthat and Peter Thiel. Technological stagnation. “Go into a room and subtract off all the screens. How do you then know you’re not in 1973?” Falling birth rates. "Across almost all of the OECD, current fertility rates are well below those needed for … Continue reading A list of ten ways we are decadent and a (speculative) theory about why it might not matter

33 things I have learned at 33

I did one of these last year, when I stole the idea from Ryan Holiday. I enjoyed it and I have a birthday soon, so here's this year's list. 'Emotional intelligence is ignoring what people say and watching what people do.' Some of the people who work as mediums and astrologers are frauds. YouTube doesn't … Continue reading 33 things I have learned at 33

Why is the sky blue? What we look at when we look at the sky.

Light scatters. As it passes through molecules it bends, disaggregates, or refracts, into its constituent colours. When sunlight shines through rain drops it makes rainbows. If it shines through glass beads hanging from chandeliers it makes rainbow patterns on the wall. That's scattered light. The different colours in light are different sizes: they have different … Continue reading Why is the sky blue? What we look at when we look at the sky.

A list of solutions to the Fermi Paradox

As Tim Urban says, 'We’d estimate that there are 1 billion Earth-like planets and 100,000 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy.' So there must be aliens. Why haven't we heard from them? (Read about the Fermi Paradox here.) This blog is a list of answers. I've summed up each one in a line and dropped a relevant … Continue reading A list of solutions to the Fermi Paradox