It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news of Seth Roberts’s passing.
As many of you probably know, Seth was an early champion of this blog and was very encouraging of the ideas contained in it. Had it not been for Seth, I might not have continued past the first few posts. In fact I sometimes found myself writing posts imagining Seth to be the entire audience.
I only got to know Seth personally at the beginning of this year, but we struck up a friendship by email and Skype very quickly. We emailed frequently, often daily, and were deep into a writing project together. Sadly that won’t reach completion now.
We never met in person, but planned to soon given that we both had roots in California. I’m very sad that we won’t be able to. You’d think that only knowing someone via the Internet and not having met in person makes it easier to deal with their passing, but in reality it’s quite difficult, because there’s no one else to share the sadness and grief with.
The deep sense of loss I feel is one for the world. Seth had an extremely unique perspective on very big and important ideas. He said things no one else was saying, and understood things in a way no one else did. The commonality we found on ideas about human health, personal science, innovation, and societal progress is one that I’m not sure I will find again. The phrase “Yes, I agree with that” was probably a part of every exchange we had. Losing the only person who you feel understood certain ideas is very difficult, and the importance of keeping those ideas alive is now felt very acutely.
Learning about his passing late last night made for a horrible night of sleep — one that none of Seth’s discoveries could have made better. Rest in peace, Seth. I will do my best to advance the ideas we found so much agreement on, in some small way.