There’s an area of Aberystwyth named Penparcau. I don’t think it’s technically part of Aberystwyth, but that’s how I’ve heard people refer to it. Maybe that’s because I mainly hang out with people who live more definitively in Aberystwyth. Penparcau is one of those places which exists on the fringe of a better known place and gets engulfed within its shadow. The sort of place that you’ll only say I’m from Penparcau if you’re speaking to someone within a ten mile radius and tell everyone else I’m from Aberystwyth.
When I was an undergraduate student in Aberystwyth, fresh off the…
This article is essentially a review of the first chapter of William MacAskill’s Effective Altruism. The ideas here are still being developed.
There’s a graph of the “long-term history of world GDP” that I keep running into variations of. Nick Bostrom likes to use it to illustrate the rapid rate of technological development that has occurred in the last few hundred years, going on to argue that this trend could be just the beginning of the explosion of growth that artificial superintelligence — the “Singularity” — will drastically exacerbate.
The top version, pictured below, in particular always struck me as…
‘we can’t dance racism away’ (Ramamurthy, 2013: 47)
At times of crisis it is always good to look back to the past for inspiration and attempt to avoid the same mistakes. History — with all the distortions of its retelling — should not be a blueprint. However, to plunge into the future without considering what already was will leave us flailing and failing in the same ways.