Full Stack Engineer

Physics gives us the rules of the game,and chemistry lays out the characters.Biology’s strategy — that much is plain — while Consciousness acts like a narrator: “This happened! That happened! How Bad! How Good! How Sad! How Perfect! How Droll!” Your role in this mess, should you choose to accept,is to focus your mind on the whole. Do not […]

Functional Prayer Guide

Do not pray for success. Pray for the wisdom to see the ways you can best serve the world.  You will begin to cultivate the image of a better world in your heart. Work, in service of the world according to that image. You will be more successful than you can imagine. Do not pray for […]

The Secret to Happiness

A young man came from a good family, had a good education, and knew that a good future ahead of him. Still, with all of these good things in his life, he was not happy. The young man felt that something was missing. He went in search of the happiness that was missing. In his […]

Welcome to the Age of Immortality

Editor’s note: this document was found in an old physical archive of “Internet”, a primitive electron-based thought-networking mechanism of 20th century origins. Thousands of years ago, In the mid 21st century, we finally achieved technology that would grant human beings physical immortality. For some, this new world is Heaven. For others, it’s Hell. And for […]

That recent study on bullshit is bullshit.

You may have heard of a recently published paper, which claimed that “people who accept profound-sounding bullshit” like “Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract beauty.” have lower intelligence. The study is bullshit. Here’s why. They had college students take a survey in exchange for credit. Right away you should suspect the study, because hey, free credit […]

Compass Needles and Mood Swings

Mood swings are a common, well experienced phenomenon. Many people experience them when doing something like raising children, earning a Ph.D. or starting a business. People are more likely to experience mood swings when doing something challenging that they’ve never done before, which involves learning something complex about a big part of the world. Some […]

Yes, Outrage is Selective. That’s a good thing.

How you can help those in Paris and Lebanon. A lot of people are upset that the recent attacks in Paris received more attention on the news than similar attacks in Lebanon. I understand why they are upset. It feels wrong and unfair that our culture privileges some lives over others. I think there’s a positive […]


A tree is a reflection of its own history — and the history of the entire world. The same is true of you. A history book. Image from Wikipedia. If you cut open a tree, you can count its rings to see how old it is. You can also measure the thickness of the rings over the […]

America Needs Silicon Republicans

The Republicans are like Carbon atoms. You know — a good old molecule, that works well because it’s simple. They’re Pickup Trucks, Apple Pie, and Baseball. One problem with Carbon is that it can be extremely resistant to the flow of electricity — which is a huge part of our modern era. A carbon resistor just gets all red […]

The Physics of Emotion: Senses and Signals

I wanted to use physics to understand people. I could use the same physical models to explain why the Earth is round, and why the moon orbits around it. I wanted to use those physics to explain why people ended up on the moon. I wanted to use physics to understand why people move the […]