All Essays

The following is a codex of my personal journey to understand the mysteries, curiosities, and fundamental questions about the world through a study of science and applied history. In other words, using the atoms in the universe to learn about the atoms of the universe.

Life in a world where everything was the same, but no one had the capacity for love.

Being a genius is simple: Never complete what you say you're going to and spend years perfecting every intricate detail of your work. Easy, right?

Otium: "An abstract Latin term that has a variety of meanings, including leisure time in which a person can enjoy eating, playing, relaxing, contemplation and academic endeavors."

When it comes to our ideas and mindsets, we're one of three personalities: the preacher, the prosecutor, or the politician.

Are you the person stuck below decks?

My Manifesto


A declaration.

People who spend their time debating others online are throwing their precious hours of human existence into a pit they'll never retrieve them from. It's the most useless act someone can partake in, even more so than playing video games or watching Rick and Morty.

The James Webb will orbit nearly 1 million miles away from Earth and look back in time ) to understand our solar system. Here's how it works.

I have a deep admiration for Feynman's beliefs on life, knowledge, and science, but that admiration went deeper still as I followed the stories of his life told by the man himself. This is a small collection of a few of those stories.

1. Determine between observation and opinion. 2. Be concrete.

On Viewquakes


Viewquakes - An insight or discovery that drastically changed your worldview.

Kevin Kelly joined Freakonomics to share unique insight and depth into his "103 Bits of Advice."

I know I'm a Guess Culture participant. I do so because it's easier to manage my inconvenience than someone else's. Is this the right way to act?

Knowing the name of something doesn't mean you understand it.

Do unconscious reminders of God influence people's willingness to comply with norms of impersonal fairness?

New Ideas Suck


Some Questions


A never-ending list of questions I have for the universe.

There are two forms of intelligence we draw on when making decisions: instincts and reason. I wanted to know which is a better strategy to rely on and why? Or, is there a better strategy? Perhaps instinct and intelligence are two sides of the same coin working in tandem with one another.

The person versus situation conversation is a long-held debate in psychology. My hypothesis is that personality creates behaviors and circumstances bring those behaviors out.

In 1955, Richard Feynman gave a famous lecture on the value of science. In it, he outlined three ways science is of value to us all. In this essay, I reflect on those points and attempt to understand what they mean–67 years later.

Society has deemed it "the right thing" to become life-long friends with every acquaintance you have. This can lead to too much emotional burden and shallow friendships. Instead, we need to advocate more for season-long friendships.

If, By Whiskey


"If, by whiskey" arguments are used whenever the speakers position depends on the listener's opinion. It's a great way to take a position on something without really taking a position.

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Two simple strategies to help you remember what you read an actually learn.

Words from the white-haired-man himself that gives us insight into what he believed about philosophy, education, politics and the bigger questions of life.

A summary and notes about the various books, articles, podcasts, and videos I consumed in February and what I learned from them.

An explanation of why I work with the garage door up and why I chose to use Obsidian as my note-taking app of choice.