Archive

2016
Things I learned about being more effective at Effective Altruism Global 2016
Making better arguments, the power of upstream multipliers, outstanding career capital, and more
Analogies are like lossy compression for complex ideas
Advantages and pitfalls of using analogies
How do you maintain original thinking and avoid traditional patterns of thought when learning about a new field?
Some initial thoughts on paradigm blindness and thinking outside the box
2015
Great books I read in 2015
My five favorite books of the year, plus other great reads
Question: What is the use of college?
A well-framed question and a request for resources and opinions
The Optimization–Cognitive Load Tradeoff
How perfectionism can lead to procrastination and lower performance
Request: help on over-optimization. Reward: a story from Thailand
My email for The Listserve
A technique for starting new habits and maintaining motivation: Attack Doses
Riding motivation waves to build instinctual evidence
2014
Things vs. experiences: two sides of the same coin
A few words on minimalism
Time constraints can increase efficiency
When less time leads to better results
Building Sustainable Habits: Why We Make Excuses and Resist Habit Change
Understanding and removing inner resistance to habit change.
2013
The void of losing someone you don’t know
On Aaron Schwartz.
2012
‘Always choose to be happy’ is toxic advice
It prevents you from changing yourself
2011
Repositioning your perspective to achieve goals
Cognitive constructs to maintain goals