Notes

I write, edit, and link notes to help me think. This subset of them adapts Andy Matuschak’s conception of Evergreen Notes and aims to capture a slowly evolving network of concepts. Sometimes notes result in essays.

Note network

A graph of all 127 public notes, and the 12 most mentioned notes

Note types

Different types serve different purposes – propositions express an insight or argument, models describe some complex system, strategies and methods propose (how) to do something, and concepts are the building blocks of everything else.

Propositions (21 notes)

An Attractor Defines a Stable System

Customer Centric Means Consumerist

Rationality Is an Evolved Strategy

Selection Is Bayesian Search

Systems Live in State Spaces

Irrational Behaviour Is Adaptive in Stochastic Environments

Rationality Means Reaching a Reflective Equilibrium

A Theory of Rationality Articulates Practices

Cities Are Innovative Because They Tolerate Crazy People

Revolutions Try to Force Systems into Imaginary Attractors

Strategy Is Based on Models

Systems Emerge Due to Constraints

We Need Social, Not Technological Innovation

A Basic Income Secures Political Freedom

Affordances Contribute to Attractors

Complex Systems Can Consist of Anything

Concepts Are Attractors

Freedom Is Non Domination

Antiracism Needs Positive Discrimination

Everything Exists Because of What It Really Is

Large Language Models Are a Feedback Loop for Society

Models (19 notes)

The World Is a Hierarchy of Systems

Innovation Fuels Continuous Growth

Concepts Are Compressed Models

Cultural Evolution Is Multilevel Meme Variation, Selection and Replication

Racism Is a Justification for Exploitation

Colonialism and Capitalism Form a Feedback Loop

Geology Is Shaped by Ideology

Strategy Is a Pattern of Actions

Every System Is a Model of Its Environment

Perceived Irrationality Is Rooted in Actual Rationality

Science Can Be Criticised Scientifically

Strategy Is a Learning Process

System Change Needs Disruption, Popular Support and Alternative Institutions

Industrial Agriculture Is a Lying Social System

Institutions Lose Legitimacy in a Feedback Loop

Patriarchy Is a Product of Agriculture

Rationalism Is Not Rational

The Extermination of Insects Is Inevitable

There Never Were Socialist States

Concepts (65 notes)