When I turned 35, it only seemed like a milestone insofar as I was now in a different age grouping on most demographic surveys. It turns out that I’m actually moving out of another phase of life: the second-most-likely thing to kill me is no longer myself. Instead, suicide is…

It’s been an interesting few months. Sometimes in the more typical way, sometimes in the may you live in interesting times way. One thing that has done wonders for my mood, though, is avoiding news and mass media as much as humanly possible.

It’s actually offered a lot of clarity…

The U.S. Senate recently passed a massive tax cut. Reactions have been predictable: Democrats hate it, Republicans have declared it the Second Coming of Policy Christ, and the broader American populace doesn’t like it but doesn’t really feel up to much fighting right now.

Much of the commentary, particularly on…

A fragment of the Dunhuang Manuscripts (8th century) defining Buddhist medical terms

Words mean things. That’s pretty much the point, it’s why we bothered with this whole “language” thing to begin with.

As commonplace as it is, language is easily the most powerful tool we’ve ever created. It’s why we can work together, can pool our resources, and is the reason we…

Zach Powell

Trying to find center.

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