Is it good to be a generalist?

I consider myself a generalist. However, sometimes I feel I'd be better off finding something I really enjoy, and focusing specifically on that. "Justin g." puts it best in his tweet, "thinking about the worst advice i've gotten in my (short) career, 'being a generalist' is probably the most destructive thing i was told. It actively set me back my a couple of years. Having been on the hiring side at a few startups now, let me tell you - the number of times we've been looking for a 'generalist' is zero (0)." Is there merit to being a generalist?

How should you decide what to work on?

Sam Altman has some good thoughts on this question, as do other people. I've been meaning to put together a list of their thoughts. Short answer -- don't just chase dollar bills.

To what extent does capitalism drive innovation?

The common argument for capitalism is that it drives innovation. To what extent is this true? Do we really need ruthless capitalism to innovate? Are we really driven by money alone, or would people be motivated to innovate for other reasons (fame, power, altruism)?

At what point are abstractions bad?

Tread too high up the ladder of abstraction and you aren't able to understand anything that is outside the scope of the abstraction. Related -- is Webflow actually helping anyone learn to code? Does it even need to be?

Is social media net-positive?

Loneliness, political divide etc. But there are many benefits. How do we improve social media? Can we?

What does religion cause?

How do various religions differ in the nature and magnitudes of their effects? Do religions consistently cause different things in different regions, as they interact differently with regional cultures? There are a lot of studies with "religiosity" as a variable. What happens when you disaggregate by religion?

Is Bloom's 2 Sigma Problem Real?

If so, what can we do about it?