Secretum Secretorum

Roger's Bacon
Scientific and Philosophical Absurdities - Proposed, Considered, Rejected.
Created 07 Feb 2021
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  • Ideas are Alive and You are Dead
    02 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 12 12
    The album cover of “When the Dust Settles” by STS9 “Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that when we grasp it - in a decade, a century, or a millennium - we will all say to each o...
  • Born Again: Disconnected Psychology, Martian Science, and the Order of the Phoenix
    15 Sep 2021 • 21 min read • 7 4
    (This is an updated version of a previous essay. Don’t read that one; this one is better. If you read that one and enjoyed it, skip to section IV for new writing). I. There is a short story I want to ...
  • The Blind Spot of Existence
    31 Aug 2021 • 16 min read • 5 2
    (Zdzisław Beksiński - Horn Player) I. In my previous post, I wrote about “blind spots” - roughly speaking, an area of thought that is unexplored (or underexplored) because of a cultural or psychologic...
  • Blind Spots in Science and Culture
    17 Aug 2021 • 19 min read • 6 3
    I am writing a paper with a psychology professor friend of mine on why we should get amateurs (like myself) more involved in the “knowledge work” of psychological research (gathering observational dat...
  • Announcing Seeds of Science: a New Scientific Journal and Community
    04 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 8 9
    Most people who have had significant experience with academic scientific publishing feel that there are many aspects of it which are… let’s say suboptimal (“broken” and “fucked up” might also come to ...
  • The Man, The Myth, The Salamander
    27 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 5 1
    (Aneides lugubris) Comrade Kovalenko: Come in, comrade. Why did you want to meet with us? Comrade Samsonau: There is an unusual rumor circulating in the camp… I was hesitant to say anything – it is no...
  • Pedophile Problems
    14 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 6 7
    I have a confession. I ask you two things: please read until the end and please keep an open mind. I can’t change who I am. I. I volunteer taught a Biology 101 class at a prison. It was a cool program...
  • Stories as Technology: Past, Present, and Future
    07 Jul 2021 • 10 min read • 7 5
    "The universe is made of stories, not atoms" - Muriel Rukeyzer Humans are storytelling animals. According to historian Yuval Noah Harari, stories (collective fictions) are the key to our success becau...
  • The Most Racist Team Name Ever?
    30 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 4 2
    In his most recent links post, Scott Alexander mentioned an offensive sports team name from the past that was unusual in being targeted at white people. Upset that the Atlanta Braves unfairly stereoty...
  • SNOSH
    25 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    (credit: the Floating Heads exhibit by Sophy Cave) Charles looked over at the commotion across the street – the new-age synthesizer music, the big colorful signs, the people handing out flyers. “What ...
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