Simmons: Do you ever wonder why we’re here?
Grif: One of life’s great mysteries isn’t it? Why are we here? I mean, are we the product of some cosmic coincidence? Or is there really a God, watching everything. You know, with a plan for us and stuff. I don’t know man, but it keeps me up at night.
Simmons: What? I mean why are we out here, in this canyon.
Grif: Uh… Oh… Yeah…
Simmons: What’s all this stuff about God?
Grif: Uh… um… Nothing.
Simmons: You wanna talk about it?
So why are we here? Well because I’m writing a blog, and for one reason or another, you’ve decided to read it. My name is Duncan Rheingans-Yoo, and the blog is called (finish later). Many of my friends have asked what it’s going to be about, or what I hope to get out of it. I like to respond with the following:
I sometimes have ideas—about all sorts of things, but most commonly philosophy, politics, rationality, effective altruism, and things happening at Harvard. Typically, I find the nearest person who will listen and tell them. I’ve decided that this is a pretty inefficient way of doing…well…anything other than convincing my friends that at any time I might accost them with my latest obsession.
So, I’m here to organize the ideas I have so that they’re harder to lose track of. I don’t expect many people to read my blog (especially when starting out), but if you do, I’m also here to convey my ideas to you and get feedback. I’m here to become a better writer, but because my posts are likely to be very irregular, this is a tertiary goal.
A very long time ago, ever so long ago, the universe as we know it took shape. Particles swirled and condensed, coalescing into stars and planets and galaxies. Later, billions of year later, on one tiny blue dot in the vastness of space, life began. It was primitive at first, but developed into complex structures that could think and love, could look up and try to touch the stars. One day, if humanity makes it through the growing pains where our strength outpaces our wisdom, maybe we’ll do that. Humanity will spread across the universe, flourishing across all those stars and planets and galaxies. And I’m here to play my part, however small, in making that happen.
But. You know. That’s more of a long-term goal. For now, I’ll settle for organizing my ideas and getting feedback.