How to Drink Coffee Better (Part One)

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior By some estimates, caffeine is the most widely-used drug in the world, with about 1.6 billion cups of coffee alone served on a daily basis.… Continue reading How to Drink Coffee Better (Part One)

Questions for Stimulating Conversation

Note: This list is intended to be a work in progress and is open to submissions! Please send any and all suggestions to fayres _@_ wesleyan.edu What are your views on simulation theory?Does it matter if we are indeed living in a computer simulation?(For a primer, see Nick Bostrom's seminal paper and this YouTube video)What… Continue reading Questions for Stimulating Conversation

Slowing Down and Practicing Essentialism

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify!Henry David Thoreau Three months ago on December 31st, I published my ambitious New Year's Resolutions for 2019. In the coming year, I aimed to become fluent in both Spanish and Python, a programming language, qualify for the Boston Marathon, and read 50 books. Although I've… Continue reading Slowing Down and Practicing Essentialism

I Want You to Be Happier

With the advent of positive psychology in the 1990s and its focus on the conditions that "make life most worth living" for humans, a wholly new understanding of the fickle concept of happiness emerged. Our experience of happiness, along with other components of one's emotional state, is naturally subject to much fluctuation. Certain events bring… Continue reading I Want You to Be Happier