Welcome to Cybernetic Psalms, Kirby Sikes’s blog about science, politics, art, environmentalism, social physics, and anything else that catches my interest.
I studied geophysics at Caltech and planned to enter academia until 2017 when I lost my faith in Human Progress. I wandered the globe for a while, reading about colonialism and genocide. Now I spend a lot of my time making music or writing. Sometimes I worry that humanity is doomed. In my better moments, I believe that love can save the world.
A few thinkers, artists, and leaders whose ideas I’ve repeatedly returned to over the years (in no particular order) are: Noam Chomsky, John Lennon, John Muir, Scott Alexander, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Viet Thanh Nguyen, Hannah Arendt, Graham Harman, and Robert Sapolsky.