Chris Lakin

Hello! I write quick essays about ideas that I like.

Aspiring generalist. Presently studying (probably) physics at Carnegie Mellon.

Live with strong beliefs and intentionality.

Favorite Essays

Deliberately inject randomness into your decisions.

Solitude deprivation: Are you depriving yourself of solitude?

Fulfillment ≠ Pleasure.

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Recent Essays

Ideation occurs in the recesses of the mind. How can creativity be optimized?

Relax like you’re about to be executed.

Consume less and create more.

If you walk into a dead end in a maze, you don’t go “Fuck! I’ve failed!”

Selected Essays

There is a sweeter kind of freedom.

We may have to force ourselves to do not-yet-habitual activities, even if we enjoy them greatly.

‘Decision fatigue’ exists. Reduce ambiguity in decisions.

Solitude deprivation: Are you depriving yourself of solitude?

We’ve figured out how to get exactly what we think we want, and none of what we need.

Fulfillment ≠ Pleasure.

Deviate: Deviate from what’s typical to win a winner-takes-all game.

Deliberately inject randomness into your decisions.

Idea Sex: How to increase idea quality.

All Essays

Projects

How to Tame a Chipmunk (2020)

My (wild) chipmunk pal, Stripes.

No Use Crying Over Mixed Milk (2020)

My personal exploration of entropy, via video.

This Website (2020 Summer+)

Style.

Uninteresting Projects

Boring, trivial, or unfinished stuff.

 

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