Risk is at the heart of poker. You might win it all. You might lose it all. But nobody succeeds without taking it. The trick is to understand that internal calculus. Analyze and understand it to the point where the cliff from which you’re jumping feels safe.
How Your Heart Influences What You Perceive and Fear
Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine‘s Abstractions blog. We consider the brain the very center of who we are and what we do: ruler of our senses, master of our movements; generator of thought, keeper of memory. But the brain is also rooted in a body, and the connection between the two goes both ways. […]
Horror Fans Have More Fun During a Pandemic
Why shows like “The Walking Dead” might help us cope with the real thing.
Mars Is a Second-Rate Backup Plan
On the red planet, existential threats abound.
The Greatest Journey of All Time
How the first Americans made their way from Siberia to Patagonia.
Do We Need a Theory of Everything?
I get constantly asked if I could please comment on other people’s theories of everything. That could be Garrett Lisi’s E8 theory or Eric Weinstein’s geometric unity or Stephen Wolfram’s idea that the universe is but a big graph, and so on. Good, then. Let me tell you what I think about this. But I’m […]
The Contagion Detective
Adam Kucharski explains how diseases like COVID-19 and misinformation spread.
The Damage We’re Not Attending To
Scientists who study complex systems offer solutions to the pandemic.
The Things We Can’t Control Are Beautiful
How Maria Konnikova found enlightenment at the poker table.
What I Learned from Losing $200 Million
The 2008 financial crisis taught me about the illusion of control, and how to give it up.