These Failures Form a Ladder

It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re trying to do anything even remotely noteworthy your relationship to failure is going to have at least the following two characteristics: It’s guaranteed to happen. It’s rarely pleasant. Building a constructive stance towards failure is therefore a crucial step in increasing the likelihood that any given project will succeed in the […]

Profundis: Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple’s late CEO is a powerful, unflinching look into the life and mind of one of the great technological visionaries of modern history. In 2016 it can be hard to remember that Macintosh and Microsoft computers are just machines for acting on and storing bits, but that’s because Jobs successfully made his devices a fashion […]

A Menagerie of Hateful Beasts

After sharing an article recently on Facebook which recounted one person’s experience with mental illness, the response I received was enthusiastic enough that I felt compelled to write an essay that I’ve been meaning to get around to for some time. Like many others, I have struggled with bouts of depression and mild anxiety throughout my life, […]

My Epistemic Status as of the end of 2015

The following is a list of things I learned or became more convinced of in 2015: * The Christian god is real, and so are all the others, just not outside anyone’s head. Almost everyone I’ve ever come across, theist or atheist, misinterprets the implications of this. Religions furnish both a ritual apparatus and introspective scaffolding, […]