Author Archives: Daniel Schwarz

Luck in Chess

A surprising amount of the time that I win a chess game online, my opponent says “lucky”.  In the seventeen or so years that I have been dealing with this, my reaction has generally been to mentally gloat, and at the … Continue reading

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On Google Glass

I’m approaching my sixth month of having Google Glass, and it’s time to expose my views. My basic philosophy is that, because we humans operate on faulty and limited hardware, and because we are exposed to more and more information … Continue reading

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Here’s Taleb’s self-biography: Nassim N. Taleb spent 20 years as a derivatives trader and, after closing 650,000 option transactions and examining 200,000 risk reports, he changed careers in 2006 to become a scholar and philosophical essayist. Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of … Continue reading

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Unpacking

I remember fondly when I was in 2nd grade, and one day at lunch it occurred to me that the meaning of life is happiness. I knew intuitively that I was correct about this, and I felt smug that my … Continue reading

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My Grandma Janet

I greatly regret that my grandmother passed away before I was at all satisfied with my understanding of identity, memory, value, and love. As a result, in my many long moments dwelling on the subject of her death, both when … Continue reading

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A Simple Case of Updating

Suppose you’re starting to get to know Taylor, a friend you’ve recently met.  He or she has just turned 25.  To your surprise, discover that he/she has been married for a year. In what way might it be appropriate to … Continue reading

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A Difficult Life Transition

I believe I am running up against all of the following interrelated problems right now. 1) Exploration vs. Exploitation – I am rapidly approaching (or have recently passed) some major pivot points in which it would be wise for me … Continue reading

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