Strange Loop Canon
Every week I write a new essay about the strange loops that determine progress, the systems underlying economics, philosophy of business, innovation and the world of technology.
Why Strange Loop? Because as Hofstadter said:
when I say "strange loop", I have something else in mind — a less concrete, more elusive notion. What I mean by "strange loop" is — here goes a first stab, anyway — not a physical circuit but an abstract loop in which, in the series of stages that constitute the cycling-around, there is a shift from one level of abstraction (or structure) to another, which feels like an upwards movement in an hierarchy, and yet somehow the successive "upward" shifts turn out to give rise to a closed cycle
The concept of canon is very broad; in a general sense it refers to being a group (noun) of official, authentic or approved rules or laws … or similarly, one or a body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic in a field of study
Ultimately though, what’s life without serendipity. You should subscribe because you get to read essays on economics, on business, on science, on fallibilism, on probabilism and on complex systems.
Where to start
I publish one to two articles a week. Meanwhile, few of the favourites below:
A study of eccentricity - Are we somehow less interesting than we used to be?
Why is everyone so damn happy? - The intricate realities of happiness research and its interlinkage with the Great Stagnation
Isolated narratives of progress - How analyses focusing on growth malaise often miss the point when it comes to technological progress
Why do big businesses seemingly suck at innovation? - why large companies are affected by the need for legibility and try in vain to wrestle complexity
The next S curve - Ways that we might say goodbye to the Great Polarisation after all ...
Understanding wage stagnation - Why are the wages so damn low?
Rising complexity and specialised paths to progress - How hyperspecialisation creates efficiency, reduces autonomy and increases polarisation
A taxonomy of disinformation - Strategies employed to create and spread disinformation - an overview
Eureka! On the clustering of geniuses - Examining the social networks essential to innovation
The art and science of persuasion - Playing the meta-game of persuasion
My current ideas on hypotheses to explore below:
How do the various technologies interact with each other to form the grand S curves that every industry seems to follow?
What's the rate limiting factor that makes innovation so scarce? Is it people, talent, ideas, combinations of those factors, geography, education, or something else entirely?
How do we drive more innovation, both within and outside existing institutions?
Why do companies die so quickly, and are unable to adapt well enough to changing market conditions?
Considering the pejorative nouns of bureaucracy and regulation, why is there so much of it? Why doesn't it work better at guiding progress, as we want, instead of inhibiting it?
Why is there so much inherent ossification within larger organisations and what's the remedy?
Why did the first industrial revolution not take place a century earlier?
I am, therefore I think. But since arguments from authority still works, I've am an engineer and an economist, ran a hedge fund, worked in 4 continents and currently invest in private tech companies.
But that's background, and maybe past is prologue. Life is filled with unwritten essays. About theories that never get to see the light of day, about insights that remain in a sock drawer, about relationship amongst ideas that remain unquestioned. This blog started as an attempt to create a philosophy I could live by, but that quickly got away from me, as strange loops are wont to do.
And I’m on @krishnanrohit if you want to say hello!