About

Me and my favorite little host cousin in 2012

I’m a 25-year-old international relations major who is a recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). I served in Nicaragua from September of 2010 through November of 2012. I’m writing this blog to share stories about my experience, musings, readings, and travels with friends, family, and anyone else who’s interested. I’d love to hear from you through comments and if you want to ask questions or suggest post topics, let me know!

The title of the blog (“Greater Than the Sum”) refers to an important characteristic of my worldview. My perspective on social, economic, and ecological phenomena is that when individuals interact in complex ways, there are always effects that cannot be accounted for by analyzing each individual in isolation. Reality requires a holistic view of our environment. This biases me against reductionist explanations of the world, especially those found in mainstream economics. Important influences have been a Radiolab show, the book ‘The Social Animal,’ and some writings by the political economist and economic anthropologist Karl Polanyi.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michael Martin on August 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Looking forward to living vicariously through this site over the next two years!! Godspeed and good luck! I will be thinking about a lot and missing you tons!

    Reply

  2. emergence rules! it’s the best theory of consciousness as well…epiphenomenalism

    Reply

  3. What you do is wonderful. Great photo too!!

    Reply

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