This Time It's Personal

A Problem With "Emergent Evil"

Apparently, my last post on emergent evil – the idea that good individuals can nevertheless be part of an evil collective – resonated with a lot of people! More than I thought it would. It even got a tiny write-up on KillScreen, for some reason. But even though I think 'emergent evil'…


Nicky Reads: Feeling Good

I've been struggling with anxiety for a long, long time. I've mostly dealt with it by trying to channel it into my work – but I thought it was about high time I did more formal, evidence-backed therapy techniques. Buuuuut I can't afford a therapist, so this book had to do.…


The Building Block Hypothesis

First of all, this is not how evolution works: Evolution isn't linear, it's more like a tree. I used to believe evolution worked like this: 1) random mutation 2) non-random selection 3) repeat. And on the tree of evolution, mutation gives us more branches, while selection prunes the crappy branches:…


imma bee

Usually, whenever I take notes, plan a project, or do a diary entry, I don't only use words. I draw and doodle all the time. Yet, that's what a blog is by default – just words – and that just doesn't cut it for me. Well, that's my excuse for not touching…


Make Bad Art

Yesterday, I wrote about a babbling brook. I couldn't stop taking pictures of a beautiful forest, and felt guilty I was compulsively recording everything instead of "simply living the moment". But once I started jumping around to get exciting angles, rearranging stones for better composition, moving aside plants…