About Me

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Hi, I’m Thomas.

I’m interested in strategy, collective behaviour, and understanding how the world actually works. My thoughts are all over the place. One aim of this blog is to find a coherent theme to organise them around.

I like physics, philosophy, fiction, and finance. And lots of other things too. Eventually some of these things will be on this blog.

I’m a Third Culture kid, but despite growing up in several countries, I managed to retain the Britishness of my parents.

I graduated from University College London in 2019 with a masters in natural sciences. I studied a mix of theoretical physics, geophysics, and applied mathematics.

I currently work in consulting, focusing mainly on strategy with an analytics perspective. I also work with the Yak Collective. In my spare time I’m reading, writing, and researching how firms and individuals make decisions under uncertainty.

I’m currently based in Basel. Contact me if you are around and fancy a coffee.

You can also find me on Twitter, or for the professionally inclined, LinkedIn.

Some things I’d like to see in the world

If you want to discuss any of these, please let me know!

My favourite posts

The ones I enjoyed writing and thinking about the most. Usually inversely correlated with virality.

About this blog

This blog is emergent.

I write to understand – I rarely have goals about what I want to write before I write it. Instead, I start with a thought and sometimes purpose emerges as I write. In time, maybe a theme for the blog will emerge too.

This blog is my answer to information overload.

Thanks to the internet, our brains are afloat in a sea of stimulation. Hopefully this site will be a walled garden, with some order imposed amongst the chaos.

This blog is between the cracks.

A lot of my writing is interdisciplinary. I like to apply frameworks from one area to another, often giving unexpected results. You can find [mathematical reflections on life, friendship

You can find out more about why I started it here.

I hope you find it useful.

Why XSRUS?

It’s short, and I already owned it. Plus, excess-are-us is easy to say and remember. If you can think of any other good reasons for XSRUS, or anything it could stand for, let me know.