Current Investigations and Projects

Conscious Shareholding

 

Does Delaware law allow for shareholders to file derivative lawsuits when a company breaches its long term fiduciary duty by essentially being too greedy in the short term? 

 

Reducing Congestion

 

Traffic, crowds and the price of electricity are all related to "peak demand" in social systems. Shuffled weekends and Micro-timezones could alleviate these pressures. For details, see "On Eliminating Rush Hours."

 

Screen Addiction

 

What's the best way to change one's relationship to social media and screen-mediated information? What specific policies might be effective in combatting screen addiction? A longer piece is forthcoming.

 

 

A Personal Growth Curriculum

I've spent a lot of time researching how people grow and develop, and I've compiled the books I've found to be the most helpful into a curriculum. Here it is, if you are curious. I aim to release a "course reader" by the end of 2019

 

Quasi Academic

 

Copenhagen: A tool for tailoring fiction

  • A whitepaper that a) reviews the literature on machine customized fiction, and b) introduces Copenhagen, a programming language for generating custom text.

 

Directly Measuring the General Factor of Personality:

Initial Evidence for a Personal Growth Quotient

  • An unpublished scientific paper (w/ IRB clearance, data from ~1600 people, and a few rounds of peer review.)

  • Two sentence summary:

    • How people perceive and grow from feedback can explain somewhere between 32-54% of the variation in the mean of their Big Five Traits

    • Converging evidence indicates support for a Personal Growth Quotient

 

Towards Mechanisms and Amelioration of Motivated Reasoning 

  • Poster Presented at the 2017 California Cognitive Science Conference

  • Basic Ideas:

    • Bayes rule is incomplete as a model for describing certain aspects of conscious thought.

    • With the right framework, it's possible to draw "maps" of how one processes information. This might be one way to teach people how to overcome their tendencies for subconscious rationalization.

Essays

Don't tell the columns to the left and the right, but this middle one is my favorite.

On Eliminating Rush Hours

Proposals for rethinking a few social systems to promote greener living. The results of some initial research.

The Butterfly Effect: Five Stages of Anthropocenic Grief

On part II of the Anthropocene.

Do Universities Believe in Climate Change?

If university endowment boards of directors can predict that they will do something about climate change in the future, they have enough information to do so now.  (Academic / Polemical).

The Complete Hipster's Guide to Taylor Swift

On the rise of pop-music about self-doubt and alienation. (Musical and Social Criticism).

Lessons From The Expanse: In Space, No One Complains About the Documentation

An early essay in which I utilized SyFy's "The Expanse" as a lens to explore future trends in technology.  (Futurism)

 

 

Click here for earlier published and (some) unpublished essays that I wrote in my initial years of becoming a writer. 

 

 

Fiction, Poems, Misc.translations, etc.

Parenting, for Whom?

A Letter to the Editor of the NY Times

 

2019 Fiction

"The Elephant" - completed

"Smogways" - in progress

 

The Travels of Ribbits Al-Ruddin (Story and Variation on Basho)

A deadly serious short story about reincarnation from the point of view of one plucky frog named Ribbits. It originated as a theme-and-variation exercise regarding  Basho's famous Haiku.

 

Misc.translations of Poems and Songs

Click on the link above for a translation of Anima (by Milton Nascimento), the first verse of Mack The Knife, as well as "culturally equivalent" songs.

 

Where is Jan Karski?

Jan Karski was an officer in the Polish resistance army in WWII. He smuggled himself into the Warsaw Ghetto, twice, so he could be an eye-witness. He tried to tell the world what he saw; he never had the effect he was hoping for. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter told Karski that he (Frankfurter) was incapable of believing Karski's report.

 

Who is on Second

A baseball story 

 

 

 

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Written Things (Mostly)

Ancient Stuff

Digging back into Ancient Material, I am listed as a co-author in the following paper:

Buck, R., Wise, J., Gibson, N., Buck, M., Gekelman, W., Wetzel, E., ... & Moynihan, C. (2001, October). Ion acoustic waves, A high school plasma experiment. In APS Meeting Abstracts.

Humor
An Honest Job Rejection Email
Accepted at Defenstration.
 

I don't have a graduate degree, but I'm at risk for one, if you know what I mean.