Seyone Chithrananda, Harsh Sharma

Social Capital is a financial holding firm and formerly a prominent venture capital (VC) firm founded in 2011, that aims to tackle hard problems like cancer, space exploration, and climate change. They currently focus on backing companies through special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC), with a thesis of investing in healthcare, education, and frontier tech businesses and AI. At a time where most investors in Silicon Valley were heavily focused on investing in social networks, photo-sharing apps, and other consumer-oriented investments in 2011, they supported companies solving hard problems in frontier tech, many of whom were unable…

This essay is heavily inspired by Andreessen Horowitz’s bio fund, and their stance on biology and computer science. You can read more about them here.

The world is built off of evolution. Over millions of years, species evolved from single-cell organisms to organisms that each consist of nearly 32.7 trillion cells! Over thousands of years, wolves evolved to become domesticated, and house cats evolved from an ancient breed of wildcat in Egypt.

Evolution has brought forward amazing features, and with them, bugs. For example, humans fight cancer, alzheimers, and diabetes, but many species never get them. We are full of…

‘I think therefore I am.’

This legendary quote from Descartes may seem vague and confusing, but it was a realization that came from his unique, subjective approach to philosophy.

Rene Descartes was a 17th Century philosopher, and a fierce rationalist. During a time in which most philosophers validated their theories using appeals to God, Descartes believed only in one thing: the human power of logic.

Descartes had immense faith in what introspection guided by definition, sound argument, and clarity of thought could achieve. …

While most of us think that we are cohesive and conscious beings, this is actually the opposite. Can you remember a time where you’ve done something or acted in a way, where upon reflecting on it, you realize it didn’t make sense? If you answered yes, thats completely normal. In fact, there’s a lot of neuroscience research that backs this up!

When you split the band of nerve fibers that connects the two hemispheres of the brain, scientists say that the person essentially splits into two. Each of our two hemispheres has separate functions, perceptions and desires. …

Imagine that over 2,000 years ago, there were once three people: a powerful emperor, a renowned playwright and advisor, and a slave.

These three people had very little that connected them in terms of where they stood in society. But what’s crazy about this tale, is that all three were were some of the most well-known practitioners of stoicism.

The three I’m talking about are Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor who was one of the most powerful people in the world, Seneca the playwright, who was one of the richest people in the Roman Empire, and Epictetus, who was the…

Around 600 B.C.E. in Ancient China, there lived a mysterious man who grew up and served in the Zhou Dynasty. His name was Laozi. Laozi served as a keeper of archival records for the court of the Zhou dynasty, and a scholar who specialized in understanding astrology and divination, and maintaining sacred books.

Some legends even say that Laozi met and discussed with one of the most revolutionary thinkers of Ancient China, Confucius, at one point. Confucius was so impressed by the advice and thoughts Laozi had impressed on him, describing him as a ‘dragon that rides on the breath…

Imagine you’re walking across a swamp in Southern India, and you come across this beautiful, bright pink lotus flower:

You look at it, and think, ‘how could something so beautiful bloom from murky, ugly swamp water?’

But the thing is, most humans are like a lotus flower. They’re born in murky, difficult-to-navigate water. Only a few, however, manage to rise about their conditions, and bloom like the lotus flower. If they do, they reach the optimal life, or nirvana, similar to how a lotus flower blooms. Buddha dedicated his life towards helping most people blossom, and reach enlightenment.

Who is the Buddha?

The life…

Seems like a lot of people want to enter real estate nowadays!

When you search ‘how to be’ on Google, the top result that comes up is “How to Be Happy”. For thousands of years since humans first examined the nature of happiness, we’ve all been trying to find the gold nugget, the piece of advice that will elevate us to a constant state of happiness.

Luckily, there’s a philosopher, who may not rival the reputation of Plato or Socrates, but aimed to understand happiness through a different approach: understanding pleasure and eliminating desire.

His name was Epicurus, and he spent his entire life asking, “What makes people happy?”.

The allegory of the cave is one of the most famous dialogues from Plato, and has had a major influence on Western philosophy. It is a passage from Platos The Republic, and is about the nature of philosophical nature at the time. But before we try to understand it, who truly was Plato?

Who Was Plato?

Plato was a philosopher born in 427 BCE, who was a student of Socrates. He is known for not only his philosophical writing, but for being the main source we have of Socrates philosophies, as he did not write any of them down.

Plato had to watch…

When we think about some of the most influential and remembered people of the Greek and Roman Empires, most would imagine the likes of Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, or an individual with confidence, poise and sophistication.

Seyone Chithrananda

16-year old machine learning developer interested in hard-tech, biology, and philosophy.

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