Points to Ponder Archives

Blogs that pose interesting conundrums

  1. Humans Need Not Apply

    Just as mechanical muscles made human labor less in demand so are mechanical minds making human brain labor less in demand. This is an economic revolution. You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t. This time is different. Automation is here, and it’s been expanding in cognitive ability. We already have self-driving cars,…

  2. (NBA) Kings Won’t Build Their Own Castle

    I will admit that, in general, I’m not a huge basketball fan. I know how to play, I know the rules, and I do sometimes enjoy watching it from time to time, but I couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve been to a game and I’ve never been to an NBA game1. Would I…

  3. Link: Why I Lost Faith in the Pro-Choice Movement →

    Yes, it definitely has an attention grabbing headline, but it also raises several really good points: I was looking through a Time magazine article whose infograph cited data from the Guttmacher Institute about the most common reasons women have abortions. It immediately struck me that none of the factors on the list were conditions that…

  4. Deciding and Executing

    In my opinion, there are two critical events that must occur when making something happen. The first is you have to choose to decide to do it. This may seem intuitively obvious and perhaps even easy, but I think it’s actually the hardest. Decide comes from the Latin dēcīdō…from dē (“down from”) + caedō (“cut”).…

  5. No Stupid Questions

    Chauncey has left Seattle for an adventure at seminary. Thus far, I approve of his classes: From teamchauncey.wordpress.com: One of my professors said something yesterday that stuck with me. He said, “There are some people who say there are no stupid questions…we know this is patently untrue. However, the stupid question is not asked from…

  6. Until Randall pointed this out , it didn’t even cross my mind: the inverse1 of miles (length) per a gallon (volume) is a unit of area. Ergo, my car’s efficiency is 0.1023mm2, or roughly twice the area of a pixel on a screen.


    1. gallons per mile 

  7. Startups Are All About Timing

    Growing up, my friend neighbor-friend, Eddie, would often joke that he would to hire me for his company when we were older. We were 12 and he was always vague about the actual industry, but it seemed like it could be fun. In high school, another friend, Peter, swore up and down that his sole…