About

Mental Contractions is my blog on enhancing, extending, and exploring existence.

The coming decades constitute a particularly turbulent transition period for our civilization, one that will be very difficult overcome. I think any civilization on the eve of radical self-modification is not ready for that transition. So one half of my research is focused developing insights on what that will look like and how to anticipate it, how to get through it, how to mitigate risks, and even how to improve our approach to society today anticipating that transition.

A large part of the other half of my research is foundational work on mind and brain, math, computer science and philosophy. I am interested in understanding our current selves, our current world, our future selves and our future world. I approach almost all problems multidisciplinarily, taking both science and philosophy into account in almost all most cases. As far as I’m concerned, one cannot do without the other, especially in the case of big open questions.

If you’re interested in original insights on the future we face as a civilization as well as related challenges and foundational issues, subscribe to mental contractions.