What am I doing here?

Glass half-full… Or is it half-empty? Maybe it’s just optimized for its given set of circumstances. In any case, I’m going to be drinking it.

As I begin to write this first blog port, I have realized that there are so many unknowns. For instance, I am unable to explain what exactly all the things I want to achieve with this blog. Nor do I know who my readers will be, from where they originate, what passions they have, and how they stumbled upon my blog. I do not know how often I will write: I expect that much of my writing will happen on a whim. There are however two things of which I am quite sure:

  1. The original title of the blog was going to be “The Tragedy of the Commons,” but after some consideration, I found that to be both too long and kind of depressing. (I like to think of myself as being somewhat of an optimist; plus, the whole idea of economic optimization is exciting.)
  2. I am going to lie to you. This is inescapable; there is far too much information, misinformation, and changing of ideas for me to promise to tell nothing but the truth, even though I will strive to do nothing less.

One last note, or a couple (I free write most of the time and…), I am being brave (perhaps, it’s hubris?) by calling myself an economist, but at the time of writing this I am a month away from entering grad school. Next, the title of the blog comes from economic optimization which deals with the using up scarce resources in most effective way given a set of constraints; I can’t think of a better way to explain exactly what’s going to happen in this blog.

Until I decide to write my first substantive post, ciao.


Author: Deric Tilson

I am a classically-trained economist and doctoral student at George Mason. I'm an ecopragmatist and interested in the cross-section where economics, ecology, and ethology meet. I hope to work for non-for-profits specializing in economic development and eventually moving to either the public sector or a think tank. My research interests include the political economy of war, resource economics, the applications of complexity theory, the mitigation of risk by impoverished individuals, and global water scarcity.

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