Welcome to Placebos and Panaceas.


1. a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect.
2. a substance that has no therapeutic effect, used as a control in testing new drugs.
3. a measure designed merely to calm or please someone.


1. a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.


We all consume, but how many of us produce? And what of that which we produce is of value? We live in a world that accepts placebos as panaceas.

The writers of this blog are nothing more than a small group of naïve, curious, contrarians who want to make an impact. Our desire for this blog is to post summaries, interpretations, and ideas about what we think matters. In doing this, we hope to provide a “beacon in the bullshit”, pointing towards reason in an age where irrationality has been crowned king. The topics we plan to cover will include, but not be limited to: Effective Altruism, Human Intelligence, Neuroscience,  Philosophy, and Artificial Intelligence. If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to leave a comment or reach out over email to quentinbroberts at gmail dot com. We’re always happy to talk.

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