You’ve somehow made it! The odds that you were to stumble on this blog are exceedingly small, yet I’m thankful that you did. This blog is a collection of my thoughts on philosophical ideas and my attempts to find flaws in them. Occasionally, I dabble in miscellaneous reflections on current events and economics.
Introduction What explains the economic prosperity of America, China, and Germany yet the stagnancy of Venezuela, Yemen, and Sudan? Economists have long peddled overarching theories to explain differences in economic growth. Yet economic growth cannot be explained by a single theory, but stems from the interplay of three primary factors: geography, institutions, and luck. WhatContinue reading “Why do some nations develop faster than others?”
“We accept the reality with which we are presented” – Christof Truman Burbank is a man living on a television set. His entire life is a constructed reality, with every second of it broadcast to millions of real-life viewers for entertainment. All the people he knows are actors, trained to deceive him into believing theyContinue reading “Are we living in the Truman Show?”
During this period of quarantine, I’ve been reading a lot of existentialism. The past month has drawn me to the delights (or the indifference) of Albert Camus’s The Plague and The Stranger, while my present read is Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre. Curiously, though the writings of these two French philosophers have a lot in commonContinue reading “The Contradictions of Sartre and Camus”