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 _@_ 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

Perspectives from Death’s Doorstep

I'm nearing the end of another semester of college. I've weathered capricious professors, bad break-ups, and numerous existential crises in the past two years. But finally, I cracked. Last week I came down with a nasty cold. My symptoms resembled bronchitis and mononucleosis, though the jury at the Health Center remained out. In the face of… Continue reading Perspectives from Death’s Doorstep

Winter Storm Juno

As the entire eastern seaboard encounters the worst winter storm since Nemo (which occurred only two years ago), schools, flights, and even grandma's bridge club have all been cancelled. Leaders from several states issued travel bans yesterday, ordering all vehicles to stay off the roads. It appears that even New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has broken out… Continue reading Winter Storm Juno