The Intrinsic Perspective

Erik Hoel
Essays bridging the two cultures of science and the humanities, published every other Wednesday
Created 11 Apr 2021
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  • Ars memorativa
    05 Jan 2022 • 12 min read • 18 5
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton When Mr. Greene descended into akinetic mutism at the hospital it was widely admitted that the New York Public Library had lost its most know...
  • How to get 2,000 Substack subscribers in six months
    15 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 49 41
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton Its birth year has been an incredible one for this experiment, The Intrinsic Perspective. So with the end of 2021 approaching, here’s a behin...
  • NASA and SpaceX are establishing the first Martian city by 2030
    01 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 14 18
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton When the Space Shuttle retired in 2011, stranding the USA without access to orbit, it took a retirement tour around the country. As it was ca...
  • How the MFA swallowed literature
    17 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 36 27
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is created by Alexander Naughton There’s a dreaded term: the “writer’s writer.” Someone often beloved by authors but seldom read by the public. A common example is Wi...
  • Baldwin in Brahman
    03 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 32 33
    Art created for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton Recently the actor Alec Baldwin looked down a camera, aimed a .45 Colt at it, and said “Bang.” Just two feet away on the set of the n...
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 is an awkward ego-fest
    20 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 14 4
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton Walking the streets of New York City on your way to an upscale event is a mood. Such moments are the lifeblood of the city—its jazz, its psyc...
  • How to make art that lasts 1,000 years
    06 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 15 6
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton You’ve been given the greatest of gifts. Immortality. For your work, of course, not for you. We are the first generation of humans whose outp...
  • Why do most popular science books suck?
    22 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 16 23
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton A bookshelf is laid out before you. It’s stuffed with photorealistic covers showing off black holes, the curvature of Earth seen from space, ...
  • Big Tech is replacing human artists with AI
    08 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 19 43
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton In my office hangs a painting called “Rule of Consciousness.” An ironic title, as it actually signifies the end of the rule of consciousness....
  • Futurists have their heads in the clouds
    25 Aug 2021 • 17 min read • 68 139
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton The problem with futurists is they trend toward being sci-fi writers without the plot. Consider the recent The Age of Em, by Robin Hanson, in...
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