Category: transhumanism

In Praise of Maximizing – With Some Caveats

Most of you are probably familiar with the two contrasting decision making strategies “maximizing” and “satisficing“, but a short recap won’t hurt (you can skip the first two paragraphs if you get bored): Satisficing means selecting the first option that is good enough, i.e. that meets or exceeds a certain threshold of acceptability. In contrast, maximizing

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Category: transhumanism

The Good Drug Guide and the Holy Grail of Chemical Paradise: MAOIs

[Epistemic status: MAOIs probably are the most powerful antidepressants – more evidence for this can be found in an excellent recent post on SlateStarCodex.] I’ve recently read the absolutely excellent classic “The Good Drug Guide” by David Pearce. Pearce is a hardcore transhumanist whose ultimate goal is to abolish all suffering. Even better, he’s not shying away

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