writings on math, logic, philosophy and art


Buying more stuff will not bring you closer to happiness, just like living longer years will not bring you closer to immortality.

Everyone wants to be the best, noone wats to question the criteria that determine what the best is.

I don’t have any problem with Jeff Bezos going in space, the only thing I dislike is that he came back.

I assume that people who say that Karl Marx didn’t have a job are all writing monumental 1000-page studies as a hobby.

Nobody cares about the average person’s opinion, but everyone is deeply concerned what “the people” think.

When learning programming it’s important to write a lot of code and also to read a lot of code. Writing is to understand you are retarded and reading is to understand everyone else is retarded as well.

Doing math leaves me feeling like a genius 10% of the time and like a complete idiot for the other 90%.

Viewing people as merely normal and non-normal is like viewing drinks as alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Time is not money - you can convert time to money, but not the other way around.

The fact that someone does not feel the same emotions as you, that does not make them less emotional.

People often claim to come up with a new idea, instead of recognizing prior art and using a name that is already there, because they are eager to attach their names to something, out of sheer vanity (I call this “Jencel’s principle”)

I consider Hokusai the greatest artist of all time, because he contributed to the two most prominent genres in visual art - landscapes and porn.

Keeping notes is a good idea if you want a very large quantity of mediocre ideas.

Don’t try to impress others - they don’t care.

If someone does not feel the same emotions as you, that does not make him less emotional.

You won’t get good at something by practicing it for 10000 hours — you will get good by making 10000 mistakes.

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly

The clearest sign that they do not feel content with themselves is their desire to convert others to be like them.

And to think that we live in the best of all possible worlds, I mean, imagine what the rest of them look like.

Scientism isn’t a religion - it’s a cult.