Now that btrmt is more than just a collection of articles, it's time to bring it all together.
As such, I've migrated the articles from The Armchair Collective website to The Armchair Collection, as one of the projects of btrmt. Membership to The Armchair Collective is by invitation only, for now, but the Armchair Collection is for anyone to read.
New article on Voluntary Censorship.
A little pivot in the purpose of the site. It's always really been about this, but it's nice to finally have the elevator pitch. Only took a year and a half to get there since the relaunch of the site in April last year.
An article in praise of the sage and less in praise of other things.
On the difference between the heart and the head: emotions and the mind.
New article on Varela's Gestures.
Part of a series, I suspect.
Grouse new font and colour palette. Reorganised collections around the actual collections.
New series on the concept of from zero.
New articles in the Digital Architecture series:
Server 101: Digital Foundations
Server 102: Access Everywhere
These are probably only going to appeal to those who are motivated by the premise I set out in Digital Architecture. More, they're just drafts—it's difficult to remember what concepts I found difficult when I started these projects myself, and at points do a bad job explaining them. Thank you to everyone who has already provided feedback, and I welcome any feedback in future.
Sorry for the hiatus. Site is no longer static. I made it into a web app. It might take a while to straighten out the kinks because I'm hanging on by the seat of my pants coding this thing. That said, look forward to more fun features.
The first fun feature is the scholia. See also the latest section on the home page.
Updated: why, much like the cupboard under the stairs, your brain might be nothing more than a happy accident.
New article on the value of Duckworth's narrative about motivation, community, and success—Grit.
Update to the loneliness epidemic.
Update to IQ is meaningless.
Donation process formalised. Accepting bitcoin and paypal. Links scattered around the place.
EDIT: I got a little carried away after I sent the newsletter
RSS feed moved to here. Redirects in place. Hopefully not too annoying for you all.
By request, merge changelog and newsletters into rss feed.
Updates to States of Mind.
Complete overhaul: Maslow's hierarchy of needs at is was intended to be interpreted.
Newsletter signup form made less obtrusive but scattered in more places around the site in response to a couple emails noting they couldn't find it.
Updates to high traffic articles:
On the link between reading fiction, the development of empathy, and theory of mind.
Update to the article on Bandura's famous bobo doll experiments, about how children model violence.
Updates to old articles that get a lot of search engine traffic:
Site is even thinner again. No more cover images anywhere. Vastly different styling on home and articles pages to eliminate clutter.
New category of articles for the shorter commentaries that make it into my notes, but that I'd prefer to have organised on the site since I use it as a resource.
New compendium project: successful prophets. A couple other new standalone articles too. All links in newsletter. Newsletter will now print articles in full, in response to feedback.
Moving to a lighter version of the site, which means getting rid of cover images. So far, new block quotes and styling to articles (see e.g. any of the credenda), to break up text visually. In the background, working on new article card and article layouts that we don't need images to be visually interesting.
EDIT 22 Aug: New article cards and article layouts added. No more article cover images!
Some major changes to the site composition. It's difficult to produce little self-contained articles when the more interesting ideas are so sprawling, and they also aren't the most popular content. Long form articles are preferred.
As such, I've introduced the credenda: here I'll collect articles that are more iterative, reflecting my thinking on a particular topic to date. These will get broken out into smaller articles over time, and the credenda article will eventually tie all the pieces together.
The newest credenda is On Emotion and isn't finished, but is coherent. The previous credenda, On Attraction and Love has been updated and I think that's going to remain fairly stable for a while. You can now find a list of all the articles tagged for inclusion at the bottom of the credenda article.
This will allow a more focused and project-oriented approach to ideas. To help draw attention to the interesting changes on the site, I'm now publishing my changelog here.
You can find out more about why these changes on the about page.
All previous newsletters since the new site launch can now be found here.
There have been minor updates to quite a few articles, and a major update to one. You can find those in the newsletter.
Many of the changes are inspired by gwern.net. Worth a look if you're into rabbitholes.
Also, some site speed updates, including image compression.
Big effort on Chompsky. Detailing his media model with Herman, and then applying it to current trends. Took quite some time, but worth the effort. Helps to identify the means of finding more sensible sources of news. A number of old articles updated also for an upcoming piece on emotion.
Some behind the scenes work on the site also, to speed things up and make it easier to publish directly from my notes.
Facebook relaunched. Still almost 2000 followers after a year or more of neglect. My apologies.
First newsletter sent in over a year. Mailchimp forced me to delete all subscribers and invite them to subscribe to a new list. I'm glad so many of you resubscribed.
In the newsletter I point out a new article and a couple of old updated ones, but really quite a few have been updated in the process of relaunching the site. All the old articles can be found in the archive for The Dirt.
Turns out that brain science isn't always really psychology, and often both are philosophy. When the goal is to turn scholarship into wisdom, we need to cast the net a little wider. Several old articles were also updated as part of the upgrade for the launch article On Attraction and Love. in an effort toward more project focused research.