The Uniqueness Fallacy Of History & How It Promotes Violence

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“A second way oppressed people sometimes deal with oppression is to resort to violence and corroding hatred. Violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem; it merely creates new and more complicated ones.”… [Read More]

Roko’s Basilisk, Newcomb’s Paradox, Necronomicon, Singularity – O! My!

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“Listen to me very closely, you idiot. YOU DO NOT THINK IN SUFFICIENT DETAIL ABOUT SUPERINTELLIGENCES CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT TO BLACKMAIL YOU. THAT IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE THING WHICH GIVES THEM A MOTIVE TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THE BLACKMAIL. You have to be really clever to come up with a genuinely dangerous thought. I… [Read More]

Steven Pinker: “Understanding Human Nature” (Video)

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A long video interview/discussion of Human Nature and Cognitive Science by Steven Pinker. “Creative people always immerse themselves in massive amounts of material… no one is smart enough to come up with anything truly useful and original on their own.” — Steven Pinker This is a key point I wish more people would take seriously…. [Read More]

Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins Answer Questions: Evolution, Scientific Thinking, Religion, Death

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The 2nd half of the video is of Steven Pinker, who I think has some great things to say about how important the role of scientific thinking is for all of us, in the strictest sense of that term. Even more so than just the importance of science as an activity. I think this is… [Read More]