I'm David Laing. I write this blog primarily to give more life to ideas that I think are underappreciated, often on the topics of communication, research, habits, learning, and personal effectiveness.
I'm a senior data scientist at Imbellus, a venture-backed startup that is building cognitive assessments for the 21st century.
What if it were common for writers to create "covers" of essays and books, the way musicians create covers of songs? »
An underappreciated benefit of habitually tidying up is that it gives you more confidence to make useful messes. »
How can you maximize your impact across a set of potential projects? Arguably, the most important thing is to discover as quickly as possible which projects are dead ends. »
When looking to fill a position, you might hire someone because they would do a great job. Or you might hire them because they're the mayor's nephew, and pleasing the mayor will be good for business. In the latter case, you have hired a *crony*—a person who is there to provide social rather than pragmatic value. Your beliefs about the world can be divided analogously. »
If there were ever an appropriate place to use the Galaxy Brain meme unironically, it would be to describe Donella Meadows' 1999 essay, Leverage Points. »