Starting a Salon

Sunday March 22, 2015

Three weeks ago, we began a new community in San Francisco. Bringing this community together is one of the most fulfilling things I've done so far in my life. Period. This post details my motivations & my fears, the philosophy of this community, and the difficulties, and I hope it will be helpful to anyone hoping to start a new chapter of this community.

Consciousness is Religion

Saturday November 01, 2014

Consciousness is complicated. I've tried numerous times to try writing this essay without success. I think this struggle is because there is little agreement on what consciousness means.

Two recent articles, one by Scott Aaronson and another in the New York Times by Michael Graziano, attempt to define it.

One theory referenced by Aaronson is IIT, which establishes a scale similar in function to temperature or entropy that measures the degree of consciousness of a system. Aaronson convincingly shoots down …