Category Archives: The Examined Life

Ludwig Wittgenstein

As part of my project to learn about the lives of the greats, I recently finished reading Ray Monk’s excellent biography of Wittgenstein, entitled Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius. First, a quite primer: Wittgenstein helped to usher philosophy into the … Continue reading

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Utility Swaps

We make utility swaps, as I call them, many times a day.  Any time we sacrifice a bit of our utility for the benefit of someone else, or any time we ask someone to sacrifice a bit of their utility … Continue reading

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Sam Harris

This begins a series of posts I call “The Life Examined”.  My goal is to look at the lives of inspiring thinkers in order to find patterns and better understand my own choices.  In this first installment, I will briefly … Continue reading

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