Why techies think they can change the world

People who excel at programming, notes the coder and tech-culture critic Maciej Cegłowski, often “become convinced that they have a unique ability to understand any kind of system at all, from first principles, without prior training, thanks to their superior powers of analysis. Success in the artificially constructed world of software design promotes a dangerous […]

How little is too little overhead?

A lot of my recent life decisions have been influenced by an incredible observation by Austin Kleon: Low overhead + “do what you love” = a good life. “I deserve nice things” + “do what you love” = a time bomb. This isn’t about [shudder] minimalism. But recognising that unless you’re Beyoncé you can’t do […]

Why the west?

Why the ‘West’ has dominated the last couple of centuries is an interesting question with many aspects. It is especially so considering how many important technologies and ideas were either first or concurrently invented elsewhere. Take zero: The Western civilizations, for example, failed to come up with it even after thousands of years of mathematical […]

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