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Your “Dystopia” is Myopia

Your “Dystopia” is Myopia

I’m writing to you as a friend. Beliefs about the future are limiting your potential, and they're working against your future wellbeing and power. I don’t want that for you. Follow me for a minute. Imagine traveling back in time 60 years and telling your grandmother...

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Spires of Form – Emerson on Humanity Overcoming Itself

Spires of Form – Emerson on Humanity Overcoming Itself

Many of my favorite quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson seem to point to an important overarching idea: We exist as an arbitrary point in a grand scheme of intelligence and development - and that if there be “sacredness” at all, it is more in our ascension than in our...

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Circuits – and the Arbitrariness of Beauty and Value

Circuits – and the Arbitrariness of Beauty and Value

Some lines from Keats: Linger awhile upon some bending planks That lean against a streamlet's rushy banks, And watch intently Nature's gentle doings: They will be found softer than ring-dove's cooings. How silent comes the water round that bend; Not the minutest...

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The Simulation Argument Gets Us Nowhere

The Simulation Argument Gets Us Nowhere

I have a great respect for Bostrom, and genuinely believe him to be one of the most important thinkers alive today. I agree with a great many of his ideas, and have been influenced my many of his essays over the last decade, from What is a Singleton? to Utopia and...

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The Council of the Apes

The Council of the Apes

The year is 20,000,000 BC. In a jungle somewhere in Pangaea, a green clearing on the side of a great sloping mountain is made entirely brown. Not by mud or dirt, but by the presence of thousands of apes. Some small, some large. Some with long legs, some with stocky,...

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Negative Utilitarianism Won’t Take Us Where We Need to Go

Negative Utilitarianism Won’t Take Us Where We Need to Go

What matters more, happiness, or suffering? For almost all of us - utilitarians or not - both positive and negative qualia matter, and register when we make decisions about our own lives or decisions that might affect the lives of others. Negative utilitarianism (NU),...

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