There's not much hope for humanity at the moment. At least, you would think this by looking at popular culture right now. People talk about the Singularity, about AI taking over - what worth is a human to a machine? - but we're trying to live out these realities right now on screen. It's almost … Continue reading Human, More Than Human
https://twitter.com/curtdoolittle/status/1008748687194050561 Is publishing in the tech industry or the media industry? Perhaps neither, since it always likes to see itself as both inside and outside the paradigm at once. Books are ostensibly a technology, one of the greatest and most versatile inventions of all time. What they communicated, though, was art, or at the very … Continue reading Diversify Or Die
If trouble comes when you least expect it then maybe the thing to do is to always expect it ― Cormac McCarthy, The Road ***WARNING: SPOILERS FOR A QUIET PLACE AND IT COMES AT NIGHT*** There is something about post-apocalypse and manhood. They just seem to go so well together. When the trappings of modernity are stripped away … Continue reading Masculinity in the Wasteland
https://twitter.com/robinhanson/status/991394563196637184 Books, blogs and tweets all collide, the news stream is part of our personal narrative. Thoughts swirl in a giant vat as more are pumped in, never able to reach critical mass. Let me attempt to fold all these ideas together. 1 - A tragedy in endless parts Economists are different from the rest of … Continue reading Pulling Threads
Back in about 2014 I went through a bit of a nihilist stage. This included taking seriously ideas about being ‘pro’ suicide and anti-natalism. Now, I’ve moved well beyond this, but I can see how the ideas crop up. They are obviously heavily grounded in materialism, though you are not necessarily led to them if you are a … Continue reading Against Anti-Natalism
I realised recently that I have been on a self-help journey for a while, and it all began with Elliot Hulse. Don’t hate on me just yet. Maybe five years ago I watched a lot of Strength Camp videos as I was getting into weightlifting, and I found Elliot’s videos very instructive. Among all the … Continue reading Masculine and Feminine Are Not Dirty Words
Part of the transfiguration that takes place when you divest of mainstream points of view (that is, Leftism or Conservatism) is your appreciation of language. Suddenly, you see that your average newspaper 'report' is actually written in such a way that the reader will come to certain conclusions, as if the writer has an agenda. … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?