Hello! My name is Aaron Gertler.

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About Me

I was born on May 27, 1993. The next 15 years were kind of a blur. In 2008, I started keeping a journal to make up for my atrocious memory. Since then, I’ve written down most of the things I do or think about.

I graduated from Yale in 2015, with a degree in cognitive science. I’ve since begun working for a company called Epic, which helps me donate much of my salary to very effective charities. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time reading, playing games that make me think, lifting heavy objects, and putting them down again.

My intellectual interests include rationality, effective altruism, physical fitness, and the hazy concepts of “communication” and “collaboration” — that is, helping people work together and treat each other kindly, despite the fact that we all live alone inside our own heads.


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I also annotate the web with Genius. If you like to think while you read, you should get an account and add the Chrome extension. The Internet needs thoughtful people like you!


Of all the fun facts about me, these are three of them:

  1. I lost a tooth in a fistfight when I was 7 years old. (It grew back.)
  2. I’ve attempted two National Novel Writing Monthsand written 1.5 terrible novels.
  3. I want to live forever. Or at least long enough to know that my children will live forever.