On the Optimization and Quantification of Life – Assorted Pre-Salon Thoughts

This post is a preview of sorts to my Interintellect Salon on the 31st of July. This isn’t going to be a particularly in-depth post, it’s mostly to give some of my initial thoughts on the topic and to provide some more context to people who may be interested in the Salon but are onContinue reading “On the Optimization and Quantification of Life – Assorted Pre-Salon Thoughts”

High and Low Time Preferences

One of the big things I’ve been thinking about the past few months has been the concept of high and low time preferences. What are high and low time preferences? Put simply, it is a preference between short and long-term thinking, planning and decision making. It’s the difference between wanting quick gratification and results, andContinue reading “High and Low Time Preferences”

An Introduction to Cybernetics

Cybernetics, due to the complexity and scope of the concept, is often misunderstood, especially by non-specialists. Even during the course of researching this article, finding a relatively concise explanation of cybernetics that a general audience that were not already familiar with the term could grasp was difficult. Thus, the inspiration for this post arose. Cybernetics,Continue reading “An Introduction to Cybernetics”

Digital Gardening

Recently, I came across the concept of a digital garden. As someone who’s often reading blogs, articles and various other forms of content on the Internet, I’m always interested in new ways to express ideas and thoughts. So, what is a digital garden? According to Maggie Appleton, a digital garden is a means of organisingContinue reading “Digital Gardening”

World Development Indicators – Tableau Dashboard

This is a dashboard that I’ve put together as a basic visualization exercise. The aim of the visualization was to provide simple visualisations of key health and economic trends. The indicators that I chose to focus on were GDP in 2017, Average Life Expectancy for men and women between the years 1960 and 2017, andContinue reading “World Development Indicators – Tableau Dashboard”

Interintellect Fireside Chat recap: “Reclaiming Control” Book Discussion

This is my first post in a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a bit more often going forward. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of being a co-host of my first Interintellect (I.I) event, alongside the talented Alex Yao, a fellow I.I member. We spoke to Amy McMillen about her debut book,Continue reading “Interintellect Fireside Chat recap: “Reclaiming Control” Book Discussion”

Connection and Community in the time of Isolation

One of the defining aspects of 2020 has been the temporary halt to everyday communities and means of connection. Almost as soon as the pandemic began and isolation began, online communities and meetups began to fill part of the void left by the lockdown. Among these sources of online community is the Interintellect(I.I), an onlineContinue reading “Connection and Community in the time of Isolation”

Sprinting and Distance Running

One of the essential skills I’ve had to (re)learn this year is time management. In particular, I’ve had to learn this in the context of preparing for exams. Despite having an undergraduate degree and having been in tertiary education for several years, I haven’t been in study programs that had exams at the end ofContinue reading “Sprinting and Distance Running”

Thinking from First Principles

An enduring topic of interest to me is the science of how we as humans learn and think. This concept, known as metacognition, has been a valuable aid to my personal development this year and earlier. Metacognition, broadly speaking, has three component parts – knowledge, regulation and experiences. Knowledge refers to what you know aboutContinue reading “Thinking from First Principles”