There is a point where we go mad when we consider ourselves the agent of all our actions and a point where we go mad when we consider ourselves the agent of none of them. Free will is the perceived space in between. – kc

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Or we would have to live forever…

Cioran once said that he was glad that the concept of suicide existed because otherwise, he would kill himself.

Perhaps this also applies to transhumanism: without the concept and idea that it is technologically not impossible, of eternal life, we would just have to live forever.

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Honor and love – what else – defy the usurpation of meaning by the Story of capitalism, because they require the notion of “enough”

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If we encounter something you don’t know, our brain goes in either a fearful guessing mode or a mode of joyful curiosity. I think we can practice that.

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The hallmark of being human is that we can carry a story within us that aspires to more than our own pleasure, to a goal beyond the satisfaction of what we momentarily desire

Activism

Profit maximization is a ‘clean’, strong forcing idea, i.e. one that allows for the abstraction from local context. It binds human actions together in a social structure that proves very hard to disentangle. Communal welfare cannot abstract from life in this way. The internal motivation hinges on local outcomes and thus erodes, leading either to societal collapse or suppression, which represent more primitive forcing ideas, namely following orders and immediate survival.

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“Can I talk to a real computer please?”

Culturally, the watershed moment will be when people begin to prefer AI over other people. Only if and when that happens, will there be something like a 4th industrial revolution – a revolution that ultimately overcomes homo sapiens itself. From: Kamiel Choi, our last century.

 

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It’s not about what you do. It’s about what you don’t do because of it.

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whatever can be explained by inertia shouldn’t be explained by a conspiracy

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Is literary writing the art of making cultivated loneliness feel like engaging conversation?

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“A value debased and an illusion unmasked have the same pitiful form; they resemble each other and there is nothing easier than to mistake one for the other.”

From: The Joke by Milan Kundera

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Don’t underestimate the power of pretty scientific models! On the catwalk of the universe they are all we have.

Activism

the I is a by-light
a grievance by a wild fire
the grammar of layered time

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Be careful

Be particularly careful about the following four words: sacrifice, eternity, purity, redemption. If you hear any of these, sound the alarm. And if you happen to live in a country whose leader routinely says things like ‘Their sacrifice will redeem the purity of our eternal nation’ – know that you are in deep trouble. – Yuval Noah Harari, 21 lessons

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