Jason Pargin’s Newsletter

Jason Pargin
Something seems off about the world, I'm trying to get to the bottom of it
Created 16 May 2021
  • How 'Good Vs Evil' Narratives Are Breaking Your Brain
    20 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 37 49
    Let’s say somebody invents a pill that cures criminals, with 100% effectiveness. The murderous rapist takes one dose and all desire to hurt others vanishes forever. Here’s the question: If they agree ...
  • All of My 2021 Podcast Appearances in One Place
    01 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 17 0
    This time of year, the last thing anybody needs is to be alone with their horrible thoughts. Fortunately for you, I've spent the last year guesting on like 25 podcast episodes, almost all of them disc...
  • 10 Tips for Real-Life Socializing (for the Internet-Poisoned Brain)
    15 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 42 13
    Do you: * Find verbal exchanges to be so emotionally draining that you prefer texts to calls, even from friends? * Go out of your way to avoid real-life conversations with strangers? * Feel a flood of...
  • All of my novels are now out as new editions, with my real name on the cover
    14 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 18 0
    Holy shit! New, special paperback editions of all of my novels, most of them containing BRAND NEW MATERIAL, are out now. These are the first editions published with my real name on the cover rather th...
  • Stop Telling Me Humanity Is Doomed
    28 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 78 0
    Do you: * Think most people are assholes? * Assume anyone who says, "have faith in humanity!" is either being naïve or sarcastic? * Enjoy post-apocalypse stories in which it turns out humans are the "...
  • Can We Mock and/or Threaten People Into Changing Their Beliefs?
    24 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 45 1
    Imagine you're at a bar, sipping a Song of Ice and Fire Cocktail and conversing with a stranger. Stranger: "You know, studies have shown that vodka prevents cancer." You: "Are you sure? That doesn't s...
  • If You're Scared of Competition, the World Will Eat You Alive
    04 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 53 15
    If a teenager asked me for a word of advice about surviving adulthood, it would be this: Competition. "That doesn't mean anything," they'd probably reply. "A 'word of advice' doesn't literally mean on...
  • I was David Wong
    23 Jul 2021 • 12 min read • 59 0
    My name is Jason Pargin and my work has been read by over 50 million people. That sounds like a lot, but keep in mind that this video of an elephant farting a man's hat off his head has been seen by 7...
  • A Case Study In Freaky YouTube Algorithms
    13 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 44 19
    You've probably heard your favorite YouTubers or recently-unemployed content creators complaining about algorithms, the mysterious software that secretly manipulates the flow of online information in ...
  • The Gravitational Pull of Anxiety
    08 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 66 24
    DO YOU: * Obsessively visit websites and social media platforms that make you angry? * Make yourself anxious by imagining terrible things happening to you? * Fantasize about arguments/conflicts with s...
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