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Blockchain NFTs have nothing to do with ownership rights. They are merely receipts for donations.

 NFTs are not property rights just like Bitcoin is not money. Property rights are usually described as a bundle of rights, but this is true of nearly every concept which can be described as having a bundle of qualities. But

Posted in Culture, Macro, Philosophy and ethics

Do we have a responsibility to develop more millionaire superheroes?

Peter Singer’s book called The Life You Can Save is about one of his most famous thought experiments: Suppose on a walk you notice a young girl drowning in a lake. If you can swim, and you can save her

Posted in Millionaire Superheroes, Philosophy and ethics

Argument from authority is necessary for scientific progress.

Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Every scientific advance is based on the work of others and so we need to know what scientific work is accurate so

Posted in Culture, Philosophy and ethics

Abolish Daylight Wasting Time

Updated 11.01.2019 This Sunday begins the season of Daylight Wasting Time which wastes daylight for  most Americans. The median American gets out of bed a little after 6:30AM and goes to bed around 11PM according to Jawbone’s sleep sensors and

Posted in Culture

Stuart Russell says to give up on deontologies

Stuart Russell wrote a new book about managing the coming artificial intelligence revolution called Human Compatible. He believes that the main danger of AI is not that it will become conscious and decide to maximize its own well-being at the

Posted in Philosophy and ethics

Inequality & The Good Place

I’ve been watching the first season of The Good Place on Netflix which is a sit-com (with super-high ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes) about two people who are mistakenly sent to heaven and must learn moral philosophy to be

Posted in Philosophy and ethics

Is reading the most efficient way to consume information?

The average reader is a speed reader. Medium.com says they assume their average readers read at 275 words per minute (wpm) (or sometimes they claim 260 wpm). I averaged their estimated reading speed for nine essays and they really estimated

Posted in Culture, Personal (not econ)

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