Hi, I’m Henrik.

I write personal essays—attempts at thinking through important topics in a way that is richly grounded in my personal experience. Being a father of two daugthers, I’ve written quite extensively about education, learning, and the childhoods of exceptional people. I also write about relationships, dialogue, anthropology, and social graphs.

My writing has been featured on Marginal Revolution, reprinted in The Spectator, upvoted to the top of Hacker News, and been recommended by Jonathan Haidt, Sahil Bloom, Gwern, Austin Kleon and Brad Delong. Here are some cute things people have said:

Here are some essays of mine that I personally like a lot:

I hope you find something interesting. If you like anything you read, stick your email in the box below and push the button. I publish 2-5 times per month, whenever I feel like I have something beautiful or interesting to share. Paying subscribers make my work possible and get access to the archives and about twice as many essays per year.

You can also find me on Twitter, where I tend to incubate ideas before they are ready to spawn here.


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Henrik Karlsson

Thinking about how to scale high-growth cultures. New infrastructure for research and learning. Writes escapingflatland.substack.com/