Publications are different from articles or books in that they are longer discourses on subjects that I touch on in the blog. Since they are shorter than 100 pages and are considered (by me, at least) to be educational material, I host them for free on this part of the website. They often take on the appearance of research papers, but do be warned: these papers are meant to be mentally stimulating and entertaining, but not to be taken as gospel. None of them have been peer-reviewed, and I do not hold a graduate degree in any subject (except perhaps in Blabbering on the Internet).
Assessing the Economic Net-Benefits for Solutions to Heat-Related Illness in Maricopa County – This was my thesis for undergraduate study. It is a rather strange outlier on this list, because 1) it actually has been peer-reviewed, and 2) it is completely unlike any of the actual research I do in my free time. Keywords: environmental economics, sustainability, cost-benefit analysis.
The Aspects of Social Games – I promised in my article Social Game Theory that I would expand on many of the concepts I discussed there, and here we are. This doc has been sitting on the backburner for awhile and honestly there are already some parts of it I disagree with — I think in the future I’ll decrease my scope and pinpoint some specific focuses to work on from the topics discussed in this book.
The Ubermensch Concept – Readers of the blog will likely know about my theory around the Ubermensch. No, not the Nazi kind. The Ubermensch Concept is a theory of why we get unhappy, what we dream of being, and how the two interrelate. A summary of the concept is written within this publication.
Rational Egoist Model – This idea is sort of a derivation of the Ubermensch concept. It talks primarily about how moral principles and “ways of living” should be focused inward and developed on an individual basis rather than having a community version.
Currently working on:
Luck and Probability Distributions
Narrative Application to Psychology (why do we like stories? what parts of stories do we most appreciate?)
Social Psychological Foreign Vectors (how do we treat people who are ‘weird’?)
Concepts of Success
Hierarchies in Love
Social Game Theory – Analysis of a Classroom
Social Game Theory – Spousal Divide Matrix Game
Personas vs. Identity (the distinct parts of us, then who we are)
Desensitization to Outside Identity (How we learn to not worry so much about other people)
Human “Enlightenment” Path (Ignorance -> Rationality -> Rational Egoist)
Humanity Obfuscation (Under what framework do we see celebrities, strangers, and bosses different than friends, family, and colleagues?)