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American Progress, John Gast, 1872

Strange Loop Canon

In a complex world we're forced to understand things piecemeal, caressing the elephant's trunk and tail and hoping to understand its full majesty. That's the goal here too.

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

Why Canon?

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, you should subscribe to read essays on innovation and progress, on technology, on business, on science, on fallibilism, on probabilism and on complex systems.

Where to start

I publish about an article a week. Meanwhile, ten of my favourites below:

About me

I am, therefore I think. But since arguments from authority still work, I'm an engineer and an economist, ran a hedge fund, worked in 4 continents and currently am a venture capitalist.

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. Feel free to say hello!