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

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, 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:

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?

About me

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!