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 my notes result in essays.

Note network

A graph of all 75 public notes, and the 8 most linked-to notes


Formats and methods I’m using in my work

Other notes

All the other good stuff


State Space


Implicit Model

Causal Structure

System Boundary

The World Is a Hierarchy of Systems



Dynamical System


System Dynamics

Causal Emergence

Concept Network

Customer Centric Means Consumerist

Folk Ontology



Concepts Are Compressed Models

Conceptual Engineering

Deflationary Explanation

Ontological Commitment

Systems Live in State Spaces

We Want a Parsimonious and Productive Ontology

Attractor Landscape


Heuristic Device

Move up and Down in the Hierarchy of Systems

Racism Is a Justification for Exploitation

Scale Free Abstraction

An Attractor Defines a Stable System

Enabling Constraint

Ideology in Geology

Innovation Fuels Continuous Growth

Prioritise Abstraction Over Metaphor

Sensemaking Framework

Strategy Is a Pattern of Actions

Strategy Is Based on Models

Systems Emerge Due to Constraints

Theory of Change

Bubble of Affluence

Colonialism and Capitalism Form a Feedback Loop

Complex Systems Can Consist of Anything

Concepts Are Attractors

Criticism of Science

Epistemic Colonialism

Every System Is a Model of Its Environment

Missing System


Revolutions Try to Force Systems into Imaginary Attractors


We Need Disruption, Popular Support and Alternative Institutions to Achieve System Change

Antiracism Needs Positive Discrimination

Institutional Legitimacy Death Spiral

Patriarchy Is a Product of Agriculture