Category: Articles

Why I’m becoming vegan

Wether or not I should eat animal products has been on my mind for a long time. At 15, I tried vegetarianism but, not for long. My doctor advised me to stop as she claimed that my deficiencies were due to the fact that I wasn’t eating fish and meat. I left it at that. […]

Decartes’ life

Men of Mathematics In this short video, Freeman Dyson recommends a book called “Men of Mathematics”. The book provides an insight into the lives and contributions of the greatest mathematicians, from Zeno to Poincaré. Both Freeman Dyson and John Nash, two incredible mathematicians, have spoken about this book. Apparently, reading it encouraged them to pursue Mathematics as […]

Alice De Schutter, blog post on mental models.

Broadening my set of mental models

Last month, my dad showed me an interesting article about mental models. Mental models can be seen as “the mind’s toolbox for making decisions”. The article highlights the benefits of having as many as possible. According to the author, this leads to clearer thinking. As I read the article, I realised that one of the reasons I […]

Introduction to Superposition (quantum physics)

Here is a super interesting MIT lecture on superposition, “the ability of a quantum system to be in multiple states at the same time until it is measured”. This is only the 1/25 lecture that covers the basics of quantum physics. Hopefully I will have the time to watch them all by the end of the month. […]

“The Growth Mindset”

Today, I watched a video that talked about “the growth and the fixed mindset”. The growth mindset is one in which you understand that growth and ability is developed through hard work. On the other hand, the fixed mindset is one in which you believe that you are born a certain way – with fixed […]

How the English language encodes human exceptionalism

In Speaking of Nature by Robin Kimmerer I learned how the English language encodes “human exceptionalism”: the belief that humans are fundamentally different than all other animals and that they should therefore be uniquely valued. In the English language, there is a special grammar for personhood. We use pronouns such as ‘he’ or ‘she’ to describe both living […]