|2022 Aug||Accidental terrorist||True story about how I almost ended up jailed for terrorism in a foreign country where I didn't speak the language.|
|2022 Apr||Valley of the timeflowers||Sci-fi short exploring a species of plant that can erase its predators from history.|
|2022 Mar||Grief as a toolkit||
Properly understood, the grieving process resembles everyday rational problem-solving.
|2022 Mar||Parallel insights for AI safety||By zeroing in on where AI safety overlaps with other domains, we can see more clearly what to try, what works, and what doesn't.|
|2022 Feb||Symbol-pushing spiders||To understand AI existential risk, we need new intuition pumps—like the machine that can mimic human writing with no more brainpower than an insect.|
|2021 Nov||Teaching adults about Santa||
We shouldn't pretend Santa exists. We should know it.
|2021 Nov||Dumbledore's shadow||
Deep down, Harry Potter suggests we can master our own darkness by intellectualizing it away.
|2021 Nov||We shouldn't execute all parties to a Supreme Court verdict||
You can reduce frivolous lawsuits by killing both parties after every verdict—but there are also downsides.
|2021 Nov||Why are logic puzzles so fascist?||
The simplified universe of the logic puzzle is often delivered at gunpoint.
|2021 Oct||A cutaway view of life||
Spirited Away builds trust like a documentary; we like seeing behind the scenes.
|2021 Oct||Into the World||
Over the Garden Wall uses fantasy to tell an important story about growing up.
|2021 Oct||Clearly thinking about something else|
Rosenberg has written an otherwise colorful and engaging philosophical book about death which is unfortunately narrow-minded about what it means to survive.
|2020 Jan||When Cinderella strikes out|
Dahl's James and the Giant Peach tells us a new Cinderella story: even if you miss the opportunity of a lifetime, the universe follows its own peculiar mechanisms.
|2019 Oct||The Blueprint||How a tax haven became a premier medical institute. (Short story)|
Works in progress
|(2021 Nov)||The world of learning||The quest to catch all the Pokémon stands for the child's quest to understand the whole world.|
|(2021 Nov)||The wickedness of nano-billionaires||As an archetype, a billionaire is a transformative power wasted by selfishness. We each have our own spark of power to use.|
|(2021 Dec)||Participant-free morality||If morality is mostly about individuals, we'll need a more expansive theory for when identity and agency get complicated.|
|(2022 Sept)||Plant figs, not flags||Proposal: Use native/endemic crops as a shorthand to refer to geographic regions. As an alternative to flags, this approach carries an inclusive, humane, nurturing political orientation.|