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A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute, edited by Brian C. Anderson.

  • A Golden State Realignment?

    As Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of a bill barring parental notification of children’s gender transitions makes clear, progressives still dominate California—but signs point to a potential shakeup.
  • Biden’s Rent Control Gambit

    The president’s proposal for a nationwide rent cap is unlikely to pass Congress, but its radicalism is noteworthy.
  • Protecting Presidents

    10 Blocks podcast
  • “I Represent Science”

    Anthony Fauci’s autobiography unwittingly reveals his transformation from an open-minded scientist to an imperious, unaccountable public-health bureaucrat.
  • A Bet Against the “Energy Transition”

    Modern civilization depends on abundant, affordable, and reliable energy. Policies that ignore this won’t turn out well.

Where the design community meets.

experiments in refactored perception

  • Imagination vs. Creativity

    I like to make a distinction between imagination and creativity that you may or may not agree with. Imagination is the ability to see known possibilities as being reachable from a situation. Creativity is the ability to manufacture new possibilities out of a situation. The two form a continuous spectrum of regimes in simple cases, […]
  • Covid and Noun-Memory Effects

    Ever since I got a bout of Covid a couple of years ago (late 2022), I’ve noticed memory problems of a very specific sort: Difficulty remembering names. Especially people names, but also other sorts of proper nouns. This is especially marked when it comes to remembering names of actors or authors, or not-too-close friends and […]
  • Bangalore Meetup Report

    Did a ribbonfarm meetup in Bangalore last night, the first ever in India. Thanks to Abhishek Agarwal for organizing. I think this is the first meetup I’ve done since the last Refactor Camp in 2019. It was kinda last minute, which is why I only posted on Substack rather than here (some sort of signal […]