The Armchair Collective

turning scholarship into wisdom we can use.

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thing one sits in for relaxing and thoughtful activity;


adj., noun

of, or relating to a group of individuals;

Today, the scholastic enterprise is a bit funny. It's about the pursuit of truth, but only for those who can read the articles. Facts for the sake of facts, without understanding. But knowledge is nothing except in relation to the way we use it; embedded in the context of our desires and coordinated in the light of experience. This is wisdom. And the best way to learn is to teach our future selves. So let's do that. Let's turn scholarship into wisdom we can use.





On the brain, and other brain-like things.



On the nature of behaviour.



On coming together, big and small.



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I feel like I both know more than I ever knew, and less confident than ever, about surge protection.

experienced well-being rises linearly with log income, with an equally steep slope above $80,000 as below it

A rebuttal to the conventional wisdom that income over $75,000 does not increase happiness. Possibly due to continuous experience sampling vs a dichotomous (yes/no) methodology. One wonders if that means people feel differently from moment to moment about happiness than when asked to evaluate happiness overall.

Matthew A. Killingsworth

On the origins of the philosophy of cynicism, and incredible influence of the shadowy Diogenes. I suspect he would have been somewhat less influential in today's world.


March 1, 2021

New articles in the Digital Architecture series:

Server 101: Digital Foundations

Server 102: Access Everywhere

These are probably only going to appeal to those who are motivated by the premise I set out in Digital Architecture. More, they're just drafts—it's difficult to remember what concepts I found difficult when I started these projects myself, and at points do a bad job explaining them. Thank you to everyone who has already provided feedback, and I welcome any feedback in future.

February 24, 2021

New article about Karl Popper's solution to his own paradox of tolerance.


February 21, 2021

New articles:

Autopoeisis: the origin of thought.

New project on nutrition, to combat my impulse toward biohacking. First segment is on how everything is poison.

From a letter to a friend, an article on the merits of existential therapies.

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