In my country we use a system called the ATAR, which is based on internal and external grades and rankings. The only thing I will say to commend it is it's vastly superior to the American system. This is because doesn't require any students to write a cloying, narcissistic admissions essay in which they outline … Continue reading A modest proposal concerning University admissions
You were with me at pink dawn on the cliff overlooking oceans The sun smashed up through sea and with a quiet yawn we watched The illumination of a cold and dewy tree You were with me at pink dawn I had known you in the soft and sourceless light as Our threshing trembling limbs … Continue reading Soft and sourceless light: Lyrics of my first song
So I watched CMBYN for the first time on Sunday, and I have a theory about the real climax of the film. Maybe it's a bit pretentious for someone who has seen the film once to share a theory in a world of super fans, but here goes. As we've all noticed, the question "is … Continue reading The real climax of Call Me By Your Name
Almost anyone can, with careful prose and years of practice, take a brilliant idea and make at least an okay story out of it. But taking an awful idea and making it work- that's the sign of a true master (is it? I dunno, but it sounded cool).And who knows, maybe some of them will … Continue reading Deliberately awful ideas for aspiring authors
At the moment I’m doing a PhD in political economy. I am about six months in and as part of the process I have to write up a precis of my thesis and its core arguments. I thought it might be nice to share it here, so the thesis can benefit from the wisdom and … Continue reading Welfare economics for humans
One of the funniest things on the internet is when people claim that Facebook deleting their posts is forbidden by the first amendment of the United States. As a matter of contemporary legal theory, they haven’t got a leg to stand on. Yet I want to argue that maybe, in a better world, they’d be … Continue reading You don’t have a first amendment right not to be censored on Facebook, but maybe you should.
In the past I've written both an essay on the philosophical aspects of what I learnt from OCD and another essay on the practical measures that helped me keep it under control. Now I wanted to convey the little life lessons I learnt from decades of chronic mental pain. Stuff that isn't directly about the … Continue reading Life lessons I squeezed from a lifelong severe mental illness
A little comment on Australia's recent tax cuts- please share around: And finally, I decided to face merge my two celebrity crushes (crushi is the correct plurarl actually- ed), Felix Biderman and Sufjan Stevens and it made Timothee Chalamet?
I don’t know if the views I outline here are novel or not- I asked some professional ethicist friends and they weren’t sure. I know that G.E. Moore said somewhat similar things, but I still need to do some reading to discern how similar. That’s next on the list once I get over this fever. … Continue reading A different consequentialism