Updates to All Food is Toxic.
After the move from "the Armchair Collective" to btrmt, the articles were named "The Armchair Collection" so old readers would find familiarity there. After some (vocal) feedback, the interim 'Armchair Collection' is gone. Now the articles are just the articles. Membership to The Armchair Collective is still by invitation only (for now), but everyone will always have access to the articles.
Updates to four common causes of relationship conflict.
New article: on creativity and the a-ha moment.
New article: neurotransmitters are a confidence game.
Now that btrmt is more than just a collection of articles, it's time to bring it all together.
As such, we've migrated---the Armchair Collective rehomed at its parent, [btrmt]. You can find all the articles here now, as one of the projects of btrmt. Membership to The Armchair Collective is still by invitation only, for now, but those articles will always be for anyone to read.
New article on Voluntary Censorship.
A little more clarity in the purpose of the site: a project in betterment is a project about choosing ideologies, not adopting the ones thrust upon you. We've always really been about this, but it's pleasant 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.
Published Project Petrichor, the manifesto for this project. Time to start arranging this site around what it's arranged around.
Edit Nov 2021: Project Petrichor has been re-homed at The Betterment Institute, the Armchair Collective's parent and the more natural home for it.
Edit 2022: Obviously after merging the Armchair Collective into btrmt, Project Petrichor is here too.
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. These are for you, so 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 Marginalia. See also the new sections on the home page, updated now with the latest content.
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---no more long email conversations about how to do that, unless you actually want to. 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 traffic:
Site is even thinner again. No more cover images anywhere. Vastly different styling on home and articles pages to eliminate clutter.
New project article: 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. 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.
Articles now have a status, indicating how complete they might be. Some will be more iterative, reflecting my thinking on a particular topic to date. These might get broken out into smaller articles over time.
The newest of these iterative articles is On Emotion and isn't finished, but is coherent. Whereas, On Attraction and Love has been updated to satisfaction and I think that's going to remain fairly stable for a while. You can sometimes find a list of all the articles tagged for inclusion in more sprawling pieces at the bottom of the artice.
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.
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. 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 both the site and the publishing process up.
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 Psychology.
Website relaunched. Seven years on and The Dirt Psychology has become something more.
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.
As such, we've relaunched around the interests of the most faithful as the Armchair Collective. Our capacity to thrive is due to our ability to adapt, and our ability to adapt is merely a reflection of our ability to come together and share ideas. The Armchair Collective is a place to do just that.
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.
Using a static site generator (tightenco/jigsaw) since accessibility was a problem for readers with slower internet.