But how can art keep us alive when it cannot kill us?
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself. - Salman Rushdie
"Attention is the natural prayer of the soul." - Malebranche
Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament. - Paul de Man
Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
Without further ado, let's assume the AI has all information available and imagine a debate with the world's foremost human intellectual. The AI will have a flawless argument that takes into account all the information in a superhuman fashion a human intellectual can never attain. Its rational reasoning is far superior. Recall the
A Meditation on power
Find a comfortable place to sit. Be aware of your posture. Is your back straight, are your knees below your waist? Breathe in calmly and deeply. Focus on the phenomenon of power. When have you experienced power over another living being or another living being exercising power over you? How did it feel? Is the ...
An artist is a sort of emotional or spiritual historian [whose] role is to make you realize the doom and glory of knowing who you are and what you are - James Baldwin
We say to 'rise' to fame and to 'fall' in love. Correction. We fall in fame and we rise to love.
A poet is a lazy philosopher - K. Choi, lazy poet
The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. - Derek Walcott
The Gods are Back
The gods are back, companions. Right now they have just entered this life; but the words that revoke them, whispered underneath the words that reveal them, have also appeared that we might suffer together. - René Char
The contiguous society
The exponential growth of computing power has created unprecedented possibilities for the democratic organization of a people. Looking at the current voting system of democracies around the world however, very little of these digital innovations to improve the finding and execution of the 'will of the people' have been realized. It is largely unchartered territory, ...
The authentic liar
Charisma 2.0 is the ability to lie all the time and look more authentic because of it. #happyinaugurationday
Could systemic change be catalyzed by effective altruism?
Give what we can because I think every dollar spent on things like malaria prevention, de-worming, girl's education or clean drinking water as morally superior to lavish consumption. You will certainly have heard of the (in my view only) plausible objection to the practice of philanthropy, which is that it diverts our collective attention from much ...
Civilization is the ability to believe in a justification for our cruelty.
It doesn't matter much if we have hope now. Will we have hope when a majority of people are literally dying to improve our lot?
the problem with democracy is that the people refuse to believe they are the people