Category concrete

Concrete

A mixture that is both universally noticed and universally ignored.

Category science

Can we achieve symbiosis with machines? Neuralink and Facebook try to answer the question.

Today’s internet-enabled devices are competing for our attention, all the time. What if there was some way we could escape the loop of digital addiction? What if we could become...

The Many Definitions of Intelligence

What was Albert Einstein’s IQ? Many sources online will tell you it was 160. But a quick foray into the supporting evidence for this number reveals that most sources have...

Mood and Productivity, Pt. 1: Does happiness live up to the hype?

Today, Vincent Van Gogh is indisputably recognized as a gifted creative. In his lifetime, however, he was unsuccessful by nearly every measure of the word: his art was never commercially...

Oatmeal and Emergence: How a whole can be greater than the sum of its parts

Oatmeal. At best, it is a nutritious and filling breakfast. At worst, a sloppy and unappetizing gruel. In short, oatmeal exhibits stunning diversity. However, amidst all these seemingly disparate varieties...

Concrete

A mixture that is both universally noticed and universally ignored.

Category essays

Can we achieve symbiosis with machines? Neuralink and Facebook try to answer the question.

Today’s internet-enabled devices are competing for our attention, all the time. What if there was some way we could escape the loop of digital addiction? What if we could become...

The Many Definitions of Intelligence

What was Albert Einstein’s IQ? Many sources online will tell you it was 160. But a quick foray into the supporting evidence for this number reveals that most sources have...

Mood and Productivity, Pt. 1: Does happiness live up to the hype?

Today, Vincent Van Gogh is indisputably recognized as a gifted creative. In his lifetime, however, he was unsuccessful by nearly every measure of the word: his art was never commercially...

Oatmeal and Emergence: How a whole can be greater than the sum of its parts

Oatmeal. At best, it is a nutritious and filling breakfast. At worst, a sloppy and unappetizing gruel. In short, oatmeal exhibits stunning diversity. However, amidst all these seemingly disparate varieties...

Concrete

A mixture that is both universally noticed and universally ignored.

Category biology

Category food

Oatmeal and Emergence: How a whole can be greater than the sum of its parts

Oatmeal. At best, it is a nutritious and filling breakfast. At worst, a sloppy and unappetizing gruel. In short, oatmeal exhibits stunning diversity. However, amidst all these seemingly disparate varieties...

How to make toast

Though not everyone can make a juicy Beef Wellington or perfectly crunchy macarons, well-toasted bread should be something we can all have. After all, the materials are so simple: a...

Category tutorials

How to be Productive This Summer

What do you want to accomplish this summer break? Let’s say you want to do something meaningful. And yet, you may find that the weeks start to blur by without...

How to make toast

Though not everyone can make a juicy Beef Wellington or perfectly crunchy macarons, well-toasted bread should be something we can all have. After all, the materials are so simple: a...

Category psychology

The Third Bowl: Building Online Communities Centered Around Connection

Obesity, smoking, and alcohol are the typical targets of a United States Surgeon General. Dr. Vivek Murthy, however, realized that, outside of these well-publicized dangers, many of the problems he...

Can we achieve symbiosis with machines? Neuralink and Facebook try to answer the question.

Today’s internet-enabled devices are competing for our attention, all the time. What if there was some way we could escape the loop of digital addiction? What if we could become...

The Many Definitions of Intelligence

What was Albert Einstein’s IQ? Many sources online will tell you it was 160. But a quick foray into the supporting evidence for this number reveals that most sources have...

Mood and Productivity, Pt. 1: Does happiness live up to the hype?

Today, Vincent Van Gogh is indisputably recognized as a gifted creative. In his lifetime, however, he was unsuccessful by nearly every measure of the word: his art was never commercially...

Category narrative

The Two Sides of Liupanshui

Liupanshui is a city of incredible contrast. On one side is the “capital of cool” — a clean modern summer home for visitors escaping the heat of the big cities...

My Dealings with Museum Security in Florence

It was a blistering hot day in Florence, part of the record-breaking heat wave of 2019. The kind of day where, despite the thick white coat of sunscreen I lathered...

Category travel

The Two Sides of Liupanshui

Liupanshui is a city of incredible contrast. On one side is the “capital of cool” — a clean modern summer home for visitors escaping the heat of the big cities...

My Dealings with Museum Security in Florence

It was a blistering hot day in Florence, part of the record-breaking heat wave of 2019. The kind of day where, despite the thick white coat of sunscreen I lathered...

Category essay

How to be Productive This Summer

What do you want to accomplish this summer break? Let’s say you want to do something meaningful. And yet, you may find that the weeks start to blur by without...

What does media sensationalism say about our ability to fight pandemics?

Chaos. Everything I see is a blur of red and gray: people in the streets doubled over in pain, hacking up fresh crimson blood, ambulances rushing back and forth, only...

Why Sustainability Makes Economic Sense

“We are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance.” – Larry Fink, 2020

Category economics

Why Sustainability Makes Economic Sense

“We are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance.” – Larry Fink, 2020

Category programming

How I Built a Semi-Automated Matching System for Big & Mini

I co-founded Big & Mini in early April, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to combatting social isolation and creating virtual connections by matching older and younger people for video calls....

Get Involved: Open Source Technology Fighting COVID-19

The purpose of this document is to provide a guide to the open source initiatives working to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read on if you would like to help...

Category media

What does media sensationalism say about our ability to fight pandemics?

Chaos. Everything I see is a blur of red and gray: people in the streets doubled over in pain, hacking up fresh crimson blood, ambulances rushing back and forth, only...

Category books

My Favorite Books of 2020

I used to think books were like drugs. And I don’t mean garden-variety pills like Benadryl or Tylenol–I’m talking hardcore drugs: nicotine, cocaine, and so on. How did I come...

Category reading

My Favorite Books of 2020

I used to think books were like drugs. And I don’t mean garden-variety pills like Benadryl or Tylenol–I’m talking hardcore drugs: nicotine, cocaine, and so on. How did I come...

Category philosophy

Exploration and Exploitation: Finding Consistency Across Business, Personality, and Food

Imagine you’re a comedian, debating between two routines. The first is a safe bet, a tried-and-true routine where the audience is guaranteed to laugh. The second, however, is more experimental,...

Category business

The Third Bowl: Building Online Communities Centered Around Connection

Obesity, smoking, and alcohol are the typical targets of a United States Surgeon General. Dr. Vivek Murthy, however, realized that, outside of these well-publicized dangers, many of the problems he...

Exploration and Exploitation: Finding Consistency Across Business, Personality, and Food

Imagine you’re a comedian, debating between two routines. The first is a safe bet, a tried-and-true routine where the audience is guaranteed to laugh. The second, however, is more experimental,...

Category productivity

Exploration and Exploitation: Finding Consistency Across Business, Personality, and Food

Imagine you’re a comedian, debating between two routines. The first is a safe bet, a tried-and-true routine where the audience is guaranteed to laugh. The second, however, is more experimental,...

Category society

The Third Bowl: Building Online Communities Centered Around Connection

Obesity, smoking, and alcohol are the typical targets of a United States Surgeon General. Dr. Vivek Murthy, however, realized that, outside of these well-publicized dangers, many of the problems he...