reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 44


  1. An Ending – George R.R. Martin
    RRM reminisces on 10 years of and the conclusion of Game of Thrones on HBO.

  2. Joining Intel – Riva Tez
    Riva on joining intel and why action > words.

  3. The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet – Yancey Strickler
    Are we retreating to private communities, away from public platforms?  Yancey thinks so: In response to the ads, the tracking, the trolling, the hype, and other predatory behaviors, we’re retreating to our dark forests of the internet, and away from the mainstream.

  4. The Uncomfortable Western Exceptionalism of René Girard – Will Martin
    An excellent essay on Girard’s biggest ideas and their implications for society
  5.  A Crude Look at the Whole: A Simple Guide to Complexity for National Security Professionals – The Strategy Bridge
    Complexity concepts applied to geopolitics and matters of national/international security

  6. The Uruk Machine – Lou Keep
    A summary of the Uruk series’ foundational concepts

  7. That’s Amore – Lou Keep
    Narcissism and understanding culture wars


reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 43


  1. Chaos, butterfly effect, and stability – John Cook
    What the butterfly effect is and isn’t.

    How do we use leverage points in chaotic systems to steer direction? 

  2. We’re a Niche, We Just Didn’t Know – Anna Gát
    Anna on the rise of a new social phenomenon: from Twitter to IRL.

  3. The Problems in Remote Working – Ryan Hoover
    The future of work is distributed. Ryan and the Weekend Fund are trying to make this a reality. 

  4. Discovering the archetype: the ur-phenomenon – Painted Space
    On empiricism and the Goethean scientific method. This approach leads to fact and theory being one.

  5. Markets Are 10X Bigger Than Ever – Elad Gil
    Proof that markets are eating the world

  6. Meet the Pioneers, Take 4 – Pioneer App
    The latest edition of Pioneer awards.

  7. How To Get Into Product Management (And Thrive) – Lenny Rachitsky
    A massive compilation of the best resources for Product Management aspirants.
  8. Scraps 2: Metis, Mirrors, and Martin Guerre – Lou Keep
    Part 3 of the Uruk Series
  9. The Use and Abuse of Witchdoctors for Life – Lou Keep
    Part 4 of the Uruk Series: a case study in legibility as prelude to Hoffer
  10. Without belief in a god, but never without belief in a devil – Lou Keep
    A review of the book “True Believer” by Eric Hoffer


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Highlights from my Reading List – Week 42


  1. SSRIs, An Update – Slate Star Codex
    SSC on the efficacy of SSRIs (and their usage as anti-depressants) 

  2. Fascination Burnout – John Cook
    What does it feel like when everything looks fascinating? 

  3. 5-HTTLPR, A Pointed Review – Slate Star Codex
    SSC on the serotonin transporter gene 5-HTTLPR, bogus science and the flaws in antidepressant pharmacogenomic testing.

  4. One-on-ones are my most valuable meetings; here’s how I run them – Mathilde Colin
    Mathilde on how to run effective 1-o-1s. 
  5. Pecking Order and Flight Leadership – Sarah Constantin
    On the difference between dominance hierarchies and decision hierarchies.

  6. The Uruk Series – Lou Keep
    A monster of a series on capitalism, modernity and other things. 

  7. Man as a Rationalist Animal – Lou Keep
    Why seemingly irrational things are rational and why state interventions fail. This is an excellent review of the book Seeing Like a State.

    Part of the Uruk series.

reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 41


  1. A misunderstanding of complexity – John D. Cook
    A logical fallacy when understanding complexity is the following: Complex systems can arise from iterating simple rules, therefore many complex systems do arise from iterating simple rules.

    What fractals, cellular automata, and such systems show is that it is possible to start with simple rules and create a complex system. It says nothing about how often this happens. It does not follow that a particular complex system does in fact arise from iterating simple rules.

  2. The Next 26 Miles – Kelly Sims
    Kelly reflects on a solid run at Stripe. 

  3. Slack’s head of workplace design thinks open floor plans “suuuck” – Fast Company
    Kristy Tillman of Slack on workplace design, 

  4. How the Science of Emergence Helps us Design More Innovative Teams and Companies – Safi Bahcall
    What could flocks of birds or schools of fish or even neurons in the brain have in common with teams and companies?
    These systems share one key property: surprising macro behaviors arise from simple micro rules. In other words, collective behaviors we wish to understand or influence arise from certain simple interactions between the parts.

  5. The Meridian of Her Greatness – Lou Keep
    This is a complicated article that tackles the paradox of why people are unhappy even though capitalism has been a force of good over the past centuries.

    Read at your own peril.