Essays

Beware the Lifeboat

Thought experiments are tools. Some thought experiments are like power saws with no blade guards: you can see what someone wanted to do with them, but they’re still a terrible idea and likely to get blood everywhere. Science fiction has a history of loving thought experiments not wisely but too well. A “hard choices” narrative […]

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The Better Place

The Good Place pilot aired in September 2016; two months later, any optimism about our nation’s advancement had to contend with the acknowledgement that our country, like so many of its predecessors and contemporaries, could experience a fall. Though I’d hoped that we had done enough to prevent Trump’s potential presidency, it was never an […]

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