Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 10
Here's a great Tier 2 discussion about the problems our culture faces in making sense of the world. This is a must-watch. Don't worry, it's not really about the pandemic, it gets into much deeper meta territory after the first 3rd:
The anti-mainstream reaction to Covid has been especially epistemically dumb and problematic. Mankind cannot solve serious collective problems with that level of thinking. And the really depressing part is that many public intellectuals and thought-leaders have fallen into this anti-mainstream trap without an ounce of self-awareness. It's disappointing to see well-educated and intellectual people contributing to collective self-deception and getting lost in the culture wars. The culture wars have rotted the minds of many public intellectuals — here's lookin' at you JP and Bret Weinstein. People are deeply lost in self-bias and don't even know it.
All of this shows how crucial good epistemology is for the future health of mankind. And yet almost nobody teaches epistemology properly, which is really my life purpose.
This simple article about the Surprising Reasons Supermarkets Sell Flowers blew my mind.
In the past I've talked a lot about how marketing distorts your perception of reality and manipulates your mind, but the example above just takes the cake. It's so sneaky and so subtle that you don't even know it's happening most of the time. And nobody in society teaches you or warns you about the epistemic dangers because our minds have been co-opted. It's like we are all collectively bullshitting ourselves and even the people who create the bullshit for a living are bullshitting themselves about the bullshit they create, causing everyone to stay asleep. Mankind is truly the bullshitting animal.
You should reach a point in this work where you are awed by reality's power and penchant for self-deception. It is both marvelous and terrifying.
Well, my friends have badgered me long enough about starting an Instagram account and finally I relented. So here it is:
It's not really intended for business or Actualized.org insights, more for socialization and personal connections.
This is the problem with politics, the sheer stupidity of the voters:
There cannot be a democracy when people are this stupid.
A solid basic explanation of God:
And yet, God-realization is a whole orthogonal dimension above this ;)
Realizing the absoluteness of existence is good. But it's not nearly enough. You must grasp that YOU are God.
You are alive during a special time in human civilization where AI technology is reaching a critical mass. This is just starting to happen and it will have huge consequences for the structure of civilization that are difficult to predict. AI technology will be used for great good and great evil, making it a mixed bag.
Generally speaking I have been very positive about the future of mankind, but after hearing of the newest developments in AI I have been starting to wonder whether mankind isn't just a fifth wheel that will soon be completely obsolete. The question is, Does mankind have any redeeming qualities at all? Because collectively we act like a herd of blind idiots and this obviously cannot stand for much longer. Our government systems are especially inadequate for dealing with the regulatory challenges that are rapidly approaching. The whole way we do government and politics needs to significantly evolve.
Some of the newest developments in AI are bleak and scary if you are pro-mankind. If mankind does not start to seriously evolve we will become obsolete. Evolve fast or die is basically our new situation. The universe is too efficient to allow for the existence of a horde of self-absorbed, materialistic, closedminded, ideological, lazy, ignorant creatures for long. We need to evolve mankind out of Spiral Dynamics Tier 1 ASAP. That level of cognition is not capable of surviving in our new technological landscape.
And the kicker is, if your reaction to the above is to fall into fear, depression, and inaction then you have definitely failed to evolve and you will definitely be replaced. Hope, positivity, and a constructive outlook are crucial if mankind is to have any future at all. Cynicism, hopelessness, misanthropy, and finger-pointing are a dead-end.
For you youngsters there is a huge life purpose opportunity here for shaping the next evolutionary step of mankind and civilization. What role will you choose to play in that? That's up to you. Will you face the future with strength and courage or will you shrivel in helplessness and negativity?
A Tier 2 conversation about the core problems of our civilization:
This is a good example of Spiral Dynamics Yellow & Turquoise. It's this kind of nuanced, meta, multi-perspectival thinking which will be necessary to get us out of our current social problems.
The scary part is how far away we are from having this level of thinking in the mainstream and anti-mainstream alike.
How we need a new kind of wisdom to deal with technological advance:
Kotkin is brilliant: