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Why Going to the Doctor Sucks

Disclaimer: This is a post about going to the doctor in America, why it sucks, and a way to make it better. It’s also a post about my wife’s startup. Which means I’m almost certainly biased on this topic. But also I really think these things. I wouldn’t say things on WBW if I didn’t really think them, because that would be a dick thing to do. But I’m...

Mailbag #2

Last month, I emailed readers announcing an upcoming mailbag post—the WBW post version of an AMA. 1,500 questions poured in—remarkably interesting, creative questions on a wide range of topics. I picked some for this round, and we’re keeping the rest in a database that I’ll go back to for future mailbags (mailbag@waitbutwhy.com is always open, so send...

The Trump-Biden Debate

In case you missed it, here’s a transcript of the first Trump-Biden Debate: Chris Wallace: Good evening. I’m Chris Wallace and I welcome you to what I predict will be a very bad personal experience for me. There will be six 15-minute segments, each on a different topic. At the beginning of each segment, both candidates will get two uninterrupted minutes...

The Big and the Small

I have a surprise for you. I’ll tell you about it in a minute. First, let’s have a little fun. Come with me. I haven’t told anyone this before, but I actually live in the fun room. I just gave you a tour of my house, where I spend a large portion of my life thinking about the size of things. I have visitors in the fun room...

You Won’t Believe My Morning

You won’t believe my morning. I went out on my daily excursion to sit on the front step of my building for ten minutes holding my breath when people walked by. Normally, I spend the time diddling around my phone, but I forgot to bring my phone this morning, so I just looked around. As I was taking in the emptiness of the street, a little glint caught...

A Sick Giant

This is Chapter 10 in a blog series. If you’re new to the series, visit the series home page for the full table of contents. Part 5: A Dangerous Trend “The gentle downward slope gets steeper and imperceptibly becomes an abyss.” – Tomas Tranströmer Chapter 10: A Sick Giant In the introduction to this series,...

It’s 2020 and you’re in the future

It’s finally the 2020s. After 20 years of not being able to refer to the decade we’re in, we’re all finally free—in the clear for the next 80 years until 2100, at which point I assume AGI will have figured out what to call the two decades between 2100 and 2120. We now live in the 20s! It’s exciting. “The twenties” is super legit-sounding, and it’s...

Political Disney World

This is Chapter 9 in a blog series. If you’re new to the series, visit the series home page for the full table of contents. Part 4: Politics, in 3D “Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.” – Henry Adams Chapter 9: Political Disney World I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts...

Idea Labs and Echo Chambers

This is Chapter 8 in a blog series. If you’re new to the series, visit the series home page for the full table of contents. Chapter 8: Idea Labs and Echo Chambers “Sheep wish no taste but woolly sweet conformity.” ― Kevin Focke _____________ Chapter 7 began with a question: “Why do we believe...

The Thinking Ladder

This is Chapter 7 in a blog series. If you’re new to the series, visit the series home page for the full table of contents. ___________ Part 3: Thinking, in 3D “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wise people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand...

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