Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 14

July 12, 2022

Must-read article for understanding the current political chaos in the world:

Memetic Tribes & Culture War 2.0

It's a long article but worth the read.

This article pairs well with my older video on Collective Ego.

July 10, 2022

This was posted by user @Vido on the Actualized Forum. Very cool what AI is doing:

Gives you a nice taste of Infinity. Endless consciousness ;)

July 8, 2022

You should be aware that there exists excellent old-school self-help material out there which covers the fundamentals of mastering life — the survival aspects. I cover such topics somewhat, but I also expect you to figure out the basics by yourself because it's all out there online.

Here's one example of what I mean:

Make sure that as you're following my advanced work you nail the basic self-help stuff. Remember that I cover very advanced stuff that goes way beyond what most people need for success. There's a lot of practical self-help material which I don't cover because I'm not interested in reinventing the wheel. Although to be fair, I am interested in reinventing the spiritual wheel. But that's beyond the point here. If your life isn't working well, focus on nailing the basics, not advanced metaphysical topics.

But! — and this is a big but — don't get stuck in the shallowness of basic self-help. It's important but it will not make you satisfied, it will not make for a profound life, and it is nowhere near your full potential as an infinite consciousness.

So, eat your vegetables, then come to me for dessert. It's infinite ;)

July 6, 2022

On YouTube I found this old Soviet cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid growing up in the USSR. It's about an arrogant and devilish wolf ("volk") who endlessly tries and fails to catch an innocent and adorable rabbit ("zayats"). Every time he fails to catch the rabbit he ends the cartoon with the catch phrase "Nu, zayats, Pogodi!" which translates as "Well, rabbit, just you wait!"

This is just for fun:

The history of this cartoon can be found here.

It holds up surprisingly well.

They don't make 'em like this any more.

July 4, 2022

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.

July 2, 2022

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.

June 27, 2022

Well, my friends have badgered me long enough about starting an Instagram account and finally I relented. So here it is:

https://www.instagram.com/leogura1/

It's not really intended for business or Actualized.org insights, more for socialization and personal connections.

June 23, 2022

This is the problem with politics, the sheer stupidity of the voters:

There cannot be a democracy when people are this stupid.

June 12, 2022

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.