On Agency

“Agency” is a small word but it has large meanings. In my day job in the financial industry, for example, “agency” issues refer to the differences in interests between investors (the principals) and their financial advisors (the agents). read more »

On Consciousness, Part 5

Pretend that you have free will. It’s essential that you behave as if your decisions matter, even though you know they don’t. Ted Chiang read more »

On Consciousness, Part 4

If all phenomena are determined by physical laws … then life itself becomes little more than a string of kinetic experiences. Walter Pater read more »

On Consciousness, Part 3

There is no coming into being nor passing away, there is neither genesis nor decay; the elements out of which everything is composed assemble or disassemble while themselves remaining unchanged. Parmenides, c. 475 BC read more »