Philosophy

A New Way of Understanding Religion

Growing up Jewish and having a Bar Mitzvah, I always felt combative towards my religion. I imagined greener pastures and freedom from the boring services awaited me outside of the four Temple walls. These experiences with religion as a kid have influenced how I view religion today: stodgy, out of touch with reality, and a […]

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AI

AI Doesn’t Know Your Intentions

We hear about AI in the news every day. “AI is coming for our jobs”, or “AI is going to take over the world and murder as all”, or even “AI company now valued at $100 Billion and getting ready for IPO.” I’m personally incredibly excited about the future of AI and how it can […]

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Venture Capital

What’s The Deal With “Corporate Innovation?”

Every CEO harps on “disrupting ourselves” these days. Ever since reading Clayton Christensen’s “The Innovator’s Dilemma”, I’ve noticed more and more large corporations making attempts at insuring against future competition by trying to either 1) be a lead innovator in their current industry, ensuring that an upstart can’t take them down or 2) moving into […]

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Philosophy

A Day In The Woods

Nothing feels better than escaping your daily routine and the noises of the city and trekking through the mountains in the Hudson Valley in New York during fall. Golden, red, and orange leaves litter your entire field of vision. If you hold up a red leaf and inspect it, you’ll notice black speckles on it; […]

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History

Psychology of Fascism- 1941 and Now, and How To Fight It

In his book, Escape From Freedom, written in 1941 at the height of Nazism and World War II, Erich Fromm, an American psychologist and philosopher, discusses the collective psyche of a country conducive to a Fascist leader taking control. Important stuff for us to know in this day and age! In a nutshell, he concludes that […]

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Philosophy

How Do You Know if Your Thoughts Are Your Own?

Seriously, how do you? One of my favorite books I’ve read recently, Escape From Freedom by Erich Fromm, discusses how one of the main ways to gain “positive freedom” is thinking for yourself. Digging deep into your own belief system and worldview and questioning why you believe things helps to uncover what you actually believe and why […]

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The Dark Side of a Universal Basic Income

UBI, or Universal Basic Income, has been touted by economists, technologists in Silicon Valley (like Y Combinator), and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, as a solution to our growing inequality gap and a strategy to hedge against the coming AI takeover that will render millions of Americans unemployable. I’d like to make abundantly clear: I believe UBI […]

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Venture Capital

The Art of Being a Small Venture Capitalist

You can imagine a venture capital investment as a dance between the entrepreneur and the investors. Much has been written on this end from the entrepreneurs’ perspective: how they can best perfect their pitches and fine-tune their approaches to win investment from venture capitalists. But from the venture capitalist point of view, especially as a small fund […]

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Philosophy

Who Cares About Philosophy?

You Should. When you hear the word ‘philosophy’, you probably think of struggling philosophy majors from liberal arts colleges living in their parents’ basement. Or maybe that guy from your office with grand ideas about the meaning of life. But chances are, you might be misinformed about what philosophy truly is. I definitely was. I used to […]

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