Mimetic desire

One of my favorite things in life is to discover counterintuitive truths. Hence, I was happy to recently learn about mimetic desire, as discovered by the French polymath René Gerard. Let me reproduce some real zingers from the article:  We borrow our desires from others. Far from being autonomous, our desire for a certain objectContinue reading “Mimetic desire”

The true cost of an education

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him Main takeaway: Moloch has killed your curiosity (and hence the cat still lives) People that are much more intelligent and successful than me have written about the perils of standardized education. Some of them are Paul Graham, Scott Alexander and Bryan Caplan. I would highly recommendContinue reading “The true cost of an education”