Stable systems and managing expectations

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari talks about how civilizations in the past fell not because of one error in judgement, but because of multiple such errors. For instance, many empires in ancient China fell because they were not receptive to scientific and military advances from the outside, the bureaucracy was stifled, etc. IContinue reading “Stable systems and managing expectations”

Learning as a process of re-labeling

Disclaimer: This article is highly speculative, and based on my own experiences and a couple of articles I might have come across. I will be happy to remove it when I come across scientific evidence that contradicts it. One defining feature of smart people is that they learn things fast. You tell them a conceptContinue reading “Learning as a process of re-labeling”

Machine learning and life lessons

Anyone who tries to draw “life lessons” from machine learning is someone who understands neither life, nor machine learning. With that in mind, let us get into the life lessons that I draw from machine learning. Disclaimer: The idea that I am going to expound below is something I first came across in the bookContinue reading “Machine learning and life lessons”

Capitalism and coordination problems

We all know that the world’s problems can be solved if “all of us can come together and act as one….” you’ve probably dozed off by now. Of course this is true. And of course this never happens. But why not? What is the single most important reason that we cannot get together as aContinue reading “Capitalism and coordination problems”

PTSD and Type II thinking

[Note: This article is highly speculative, and I will pull it down without warning if I find evidence to the contrary] Reading very many of Scott Alexander blogposts, which review basic neuroscience research, has given me the impression that PTSD and depression might be a fundamental neuroscience problem. Let me explain that below. What doesContinue reading “PTSD and Type II thinking”

Quantum Computing

Today, I will be talking about quantum computing. I will be following Quantum Computing– Lecture Notes by Mark Osdin, who is a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. These lecture notes are roughly based on the book Quantum Computing and Quantum Information by Michael A. Nielsen and Isaac L. Chuang. So what exactly isContinue reading “Quantum Computing”

IMO 2019, Problem 1

The International Math Olympiad 2019 had the following question: Find all functions such that . The reason that I decided to record this is because I thought I’d made an interesting observation that allowed me to solve the problem in only a couple of steps. However, I later realized that at least one other personContinue reading “IMO 2019, Problem 1”