Category: Joy in the merely Real

Thoughts on Happiness (2) [Happiness Sequence, Part 3]

[Previously: Happy by Habit, Thoughts on Happiness (1)] 9. Seeing the positive Stupid and/or irrational people can really annoy me. Someone just has to say that “evolutionary psychology is biologistic” and my day is ruined. The fact is that the irrationality, overconfidence and ignorance of some people boggles the mind. If this sad fact is brought home to

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Category: Joy in the merely Real

Thoughts on Happiness (1) [Happiness Sequence, Part 2]

[Previously: Happy by Habit] This is a collection of thoughts on how to become happier. The first 2 parts are mostly focused on cognitive habits that I’ve found useful. That means I’m not talking about obvious stuff like regular exercise, good diet, enough sleep, socializing with friends, having healthy relationships and keeping the cocaine to a

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Category: Joy in the merely Real

Nietzsche, Eternal Return and Loving the Multiverse

Many of you will probably think: “Come on, Nietzsche?!” I know, I know. But I have holidays and a pretty smart, rational person recommended Nietzsche to me in order to overcome my existential angst. I won’t bore you with the obvious shortcomings of Nietzsche. Not surprisingly, 90% of what he writes is either completely wrong,

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Category: Joy in the merely Real

LSD

My general motivation for taking psychedelics – besides having fun – is experiencing novel, unknown states of consciousness and inducing viewshakes. My beliefs don’t fluctuate as much as in my youth when I changed my favorite philosopher as often as other people their underwear. All in all, my worldview hasn’t changed all that much for one

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Category: Joy in the merely Real

Fun Theory: Post 14 – 19

14. Amputation of Destiny Yudkowsky describes a book by Ian Banks that is about a society, called the Culture, that consists of happy, intelligent, long-living humans, low-grade transhumanists, so to speak. But everything is controlled by Minds, superintelligent AIs. Yudkowsky calls this an amputation of destiny. We humans want to be the main players, we

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Fun Theory: Post 3 – 10

3. Complex Novelty In the book “Permutation City” by Greg Egan, apparently the favorite Sci-Fi book of Yudkowsky one of the main characters, Peer, modifies himself to find table-leg-carving utterly fascinating and enjoyable. Yudkowsky is horrified by this vision and thinks that… …at that point, you might as well modify yourself to get pleasure from

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Fun Theory: Post 1 – 2

1. Prolegomena to a Theory of Fun Raise the topic of cryonics, uploading, or just medically extended lifespan/healthspan, and some bioconservative neo-Luddite is bound to ask, in portentous tones: “But what will people do all day?” They don’t try to actually answer the question.  That is not a bioethicist’s role, in the scheme of things. 

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530. Economic Definition of Intelligence? – 532. Mundane Magic

530. Economic Definition of Intelligence? Yudkowsky asks Hanson for an economic definition of intelligence. 531. Intelligence in Economics After I challenged Robin to show how economic concepts can be useful in defining or measuring intelligence, Robin responded by – as I interpret it – challenging me to show why a generalized concept of “intelligence” is

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