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Hi 👋🏻, I’m Steve. I built to help me connect concepts and ideas on the things I’m interested in, mainly programming, philosophy, and systems thinking, especially related to how to behave ethically within unethical systems. When parenting leaves me time, I’m enjoying learning to play the tin whistle. This is the temple of my adult aloneness.

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  1. inequality

    Inequality is typically measured by the Gini coefficient for either [[wealth]] or income (the rate of change in wealth), with 0 being perfect equality and 1 being perfect inequality.

  2. the coercion detector

    Humans seem to have a [[the mind is made of modules|mental module]] that's always on guard against being manipulated by others which we might call "the [[compassion vs.

  3. scarcity and abundance

    A distinction first coined by Stephen Covey in _The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People_, a scarcity mindset assumes there is not enough of the resources one wants or [[needs]] and focuses on avoiding risk and preserving what one has, whereas an abundance mindset assumes there is enough of what matters to go around and focuses on finding and grasping opportunities.

  4. Manufactured time scarcity

    In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in "Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren" that due to labor-saving automation we'd be working 15-hour weeks by now.

  5. the hedonic treadmill

    Robert Wright's _Why Buddhism Is True_ explains concepts at the heart of Buddhism through the lens of [[evolutionary psychology]].

  6. marginal utility is increasing amid scarcity

    Couched in economic terms, this is the recognition that the further away you are from having enough of something, the less incentive you have to get incrementally more of it.

  7. attention

    > How astonishing to remember that nothing has inherent color, that color is not a property of objects but of the light that falls upon them, reflected back.

  8. effective altruism

    Focused on evidence-based [[Philanthropy]], the EA movement comprises individuals and organizations trying to do the most demonstrable good in the world.

  9. stillness

    > The path to all great things passes through silence.

  10. systems ethics

    I'm not sure if this is a field, but it's the name I've given to the intersection of [[ethics]] and [[systems thinking]].