The Orwellian Future

1984 has been a tough read. It’s not by any means difficult to read, but the fact that many of its prophecies have come true one by one that it leads to this question – Is our future inevitably Orwellian? Maybe the Orwellian future is already here. It’s just not that widely distributed. The war […]

The Sovereign Collective

A hypothesis: Humans are evolved to live and thrive in small collectives with an optimal range of number of individuals within the group. Alignment of incentives between that of the individual and the group will occur within this optimal range. Conversely, as the group grows in size exceeding the optimal ceiling, it gets harder to […]

Travis

I was browsing through my shelves for a good read, and found a copy of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan – bought nearly 23 years ago in Oxford. Flipped it open and saw this note from my friend Travis: Being the oaf I was I had foolishly tried to debate him on the utility of knowledge, and […]

Jennifer Pike at Mansfield College Library

A couple of hours ago, Jennifer Pike (and the London Mozart Players) had performed Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” inside the Mansfield College library. What’s not to like? I think Vivaldi was probably the best Baroque composer there ever was, and hearing the Four Seasons performed inside the hallowed halls of Mansfield was a real treat. And, […]