“By limiting the number of layers of process, it becomes simpler to explain and conceptually understand. “Just check continuous integration” is easier to remember than “push your code, ping the lead developers, ping the human testing team, and kick off a code standards audit”.”
“The reason listening is hard is that not-listening doesn’t feel like not-listening, it just feels like the other person is wrong.”

People with Asperger Syndrome force us to confront personhood in a rather peculiar way: by using a self-consistent variant on the traditional contract.

Relative to ‘neurotypicals,’ Aspies seem to care much more about, and put much greater emphasis on, the criteria of integrity and use of reasons.

“Anticipation releases dopamine and defying the expectations of that anticipatory process releases even more dopamine. This is why the punchline is at the end of the joke; it causes the brain to “re-learn” the whole beginning of the joke in a different context. More re-learning i.e. greater entropy causes greater dopamine release and thus, jokes that come to a very unexpected end are always funnier than ones that are even remotely guessable.”
“You can reduce the problem of making multiple machines all do the same thing to the problem of implementing a distributed consistent log to feed these processes input. The purpose of the log here is to squeeze all the non-determinism out of the input stream to ensure that each replica processing this input stays in sync.”

A person (as such) is a social fiction: an abstraction specifying the contract for an idealized interaction partner. Most of our institutions, even whole civilizations, are built to this interface — but fundamentally we are human beings, i.e., mere creatures. Some of us implement the person interface, but many of us (such as infants or the profoundly psychotic) don’t. Even the most ironclad person among us will find herself the occasional subject of an outburst or breakdown that reveals what a leaky abstraction her personhood really is.

“If you want to teach people, you have to empathize with how they think, and also with how they feel. If your primary goal is to spread knowledge, then you must be relentlessly self-critical of anything you do or say that gets in the way of that. And you don’t get to judge that — others do. And you must just believe them.”