I joined the fine folks at Actual Anarchy again for another podcast episode — this time about Ghost in the Shell. Keep in mind that this was a much longer conversation that was edited down. Some of the content was also rearranged. I haven’t listened to the whole thing, but I trust that the edits are favorable to me.
Archive: Jan 2018
The internet is a permanent place. As someone who grew up on it, I have used it to make many a claim I no longer endorse. I have believed facts that now appear to be false, made arguments on topics I had not studied, and lacked the maturity to see nuance and appreciate my opponents’ points of view.
And this will be online, forever.
However, this is natural and I am not ashamed of it. It is in those humiliating conversations, in which my youthful self proclaimed to understand all of economics, politics, and human nature combined, that I learned the most. There is something valuable about committing to a position and defending it to a fault. There is something to be gained by making bold claims and taking controversial ideas to their natural conclusions. Just as seasoned left of center politicians working within the system surely will say they benefited intellectually from their early days as Marxist revolutionaries, I believe that many future generations — while not necessarily retaining their views — will have greatly benefited from their time on the alt-right or as radical libertarians.
Despite my newfound humility, I refuse to let the correctness of my ideas get in the way of their expression. I hereby declare the posts henceforth on this blog will be thoroughly half-baked. I may not be an expert on number theory, epistemology, or economics, but I am going to post about them nonetheless.
Will I be wrong? Yes, often. But that is the beauty of it. I love ideas and I will never stop playing with them. I want to push the boundaries of my knowledge, so I can continue to grow and learn. I only ask that you forgive me for any ill-informed posts I make and engage me so we grow together.
I hope to see you in the comment section!