I'm rebuilding this site right now. So a lot of things may look broken. But what better motivation for me to finish it?

Quotes to remember

The grammatical gender of words affects languages in different ways. Boroditsky – who also speaks Russian – explains that the word for ‘chair’ is masculine in Russian, so if you wanted to say ‘My chair was white’, you’d have to use the masculine form of ‘my’, the masculine form of ‘was’ and the masculine form of ‘white’. Russians mark the masculinity of a chair four times in one short sentence, which inevitably creates a bias.

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

At a certain scale, the leader’s job shifts from delving into the details to solve specific problems to assuming that problems will always surface and that the systems to address those problems are crucial. At a certain scale, you have to believe you are not seeing or hearing about reality, and you need to consider an approach that doesn’t rely on your ability to get into every detail.

I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s.

An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!

It’s as if we’ve broken the ice with the worst possible idea, and now that the discussion has started, people suddenly get very creative. I call it the McDonald’s Theory: people are inspired to come up with good ideas to ward off bad ones.

Each technology not only unlocks a new state of expanded acceleration (that will be hardcoded into our lives as the new basis for our survival), but will also be used as the basis for new technologies to continue that process. The vast majority of people do not experience this technology as ‘liberating’ them. Rather, they experience it as something that propagates itself around them, and something they must race to keep up with in order to not be ‘left behind’.

…bureaucracy slows things down but rarely prevents them from happening in the first place. But the more boring and unpleasant it is to get things done, the more likely that people that pride themselves in getting things done leave. So, bureaucracy drives the lieutenants away, which eventually prevents things from happening.

The inner desolation mirrors the outer. … That inner sickness, that soul sickness, reflects the outer sickness of ecosystems. Could there ultimately be any doubt that the global climate reflects the social climate, the political climate, the economic climate, and the psychic climate?