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  1. Dec 2022
    1. The question is: whose religious values will be encoded into the programs we use everyday? Whose spiritual assumptions will be taken for granted by our search engines, our artificial intelligence, our algorithms?


    2. Reducing ourselves to one another’s pets is not.


    3. This might lead us to accept the unprecedented humbling and domestication of the human species which Davidow and Lee describe as inevitable.

      Borg time baby

    4. Levy furiously denies the reality that the institutions and mores of the gatekeeping establishment can’t be rescued from digital destruction without massive and un-American crackdowns on free association.

      Ummm what, the regeme requires 1984 tactics in order to survive?

    5. Remarkably, Lee admits that these jobs will not come into being spontaneously as a result of popular demand. The populace will have to be conformed to them.

      The existence of these jobs just depends on who controls the money printers....... Proof of Human!?!?!? A new game is being developed as we speak. Where are the Devs?

    6. AI Superpowers (2018)
    7. the temptation among legacy elites to hoard knowledge about machine control will be almost irresistible.

      Happy Merchent - Know Your Meme

    8. The end of human work defines our age as much as the Industrial Revolution did the previous one. Governments must quickly adopt and instill new values, or else there will emerge “a new social structure that’s based on continual conflict between winners and losers”—the winners being the ruling class. “When one group stays in power for a long time, it inevitably falls into corruption. And since there will be more losers than winners, social unrest—and ultimately social collapse—are inevitable.” Instead, the ruling class must respect the values and the authority of ordinary people, while the ordinary people must learn to accept that professional life as we knew it will wind down.

      Sounds the same as when moldbug talks about Elfs and Hobbits. The Elfs need to love the Hobbits unconditionally or goodbye society

    9. Autonomous Revolution (2020)
    10. that if a legitimate elite is to emerge in the digital era, it will be one that “looks to the public as a home it will return to rather than a carnivorous species from which to hide.”

      Hmmm view the public as a home. Maybe I can do that

    11. Frustratingly, Gurri uses the specter of mass shooters to augur the dark nihilist fate that awaits unless a new elite establishes a new authority.

      New eleites establish a new authority. Who are these new elietes, where do they get their autority from, where did these old authorities get their old authority from? What does authroity even allow you to do? Why can I never get into a conversation where I am allowed to just ask these questions to people and have them answer loudly

    12. Revolt of the Public (2014)
    13. Technocracy in America (2017)
    14. and though he is right that blockchain currencies can “enable the real-life future by indelibly recording the past,” the question remains who exactly will use those powerful tools to create what kind of culture with which sorts of values.


    15. Google’s. “Homogenizing the globe’s amorphous analogical tangle of surfaces, sounds, images, accounts, songs, speeches, roads, buildings, documents, messages, and narratives into a planetary digital utility,”

      The noosphere

    1. The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you

      Systems and algorithms will understand us better than we understand ourselves

    1. The king always needs ministers. The ministers always need clerks. This pyramid of people, operated by command with maximum flexibility and minimum process, exists only to extend the will of the king. They are all soldiers of the king.

      Where do I get a job like this before the regieme change?

  2. Nov 2022
    1. Often there’s a struggle between geeks who like their cozy little club as it is, and geeks who want a shot at greatness—for themselves, or the group, or the New Thing.

      How do these subculture's regulate these separate desires?

    2. As far as mops are concerned, it provides reliable, low-cost waves of novelty entertainment and casual social relationships.

      How do we go about coordinating mops? Who do mops like to listen to?

    3. Unless some of the creators are geniuses. If they can give the New Thing genuine mass appeal, they can ascend into superstardom. The subculture will reorganize around them, into a much more durable form.

      I want this to happen to Star Wars, the books are actually good.

    1. A long time ago, in a data center far, far away, an ancient group of powerful beings known as sysadmins used to deploy infrastructure manually. Every server, every route table entry, every database configuration, and every load balancer was created and managed by hand. It was a dark and fearful age: fear of downtime, fear of accidental misconfiguration, fear of slow and fragile deployments, and fear of what would happen if the sysadmins fell to the dark side (i.e. took a vacation). The good news is that thanks to the DevOps Rebel Alliance, we now have a better way to do things: Infrastructure-as-Code (IAC).


  3. Oct 2022
    1. provocative take on twenty-first-century attitudes about safety, privacy, celebrity culture, ethics, justice, and rational thought itself.


    2. Nature does not have conscious needs or aims; we do.

      Nice comment on the Human Condition

    3. n Ray Bradbury’s much-anthologized 1950 short story “There Will Come Soft Rains,” the only “character” (apart from an unfortunate dog) is also the setting: a fully automated house, equipped with every modern convenience, left vacant in the aftermath of a nuclear war. It is the morning of August 4, 2026. The house goes about its customary business, preparing breakfast, reading reminders from a PA system, cleaning its carpets, watering its lawn. Much of the housework is performed by robotic mice that emerge, adorably, from what we are given to picture as cartoon-style holes in the baseboards.

      Ah so that is where Ergo Proxy - Wikipedia get's it. They have a Dome City that looks like it is from the 1950's that takes care of itself but has no occupants

    4. But where the scientists pursue knowledge for its own sake, or in service of the good as they see it, the tech titans pursue it the better to sell us what we want.

      People have been sold their own destruction, we need our philosopher kings.

    5. Inasmuch as there are canonical texts of American education, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is one of them. But students may wonder why their teacher presents as “dystopian” a text that reads, in 2020, like an operating manual for the technocratic American Dream.


    1. he old net delusion was naïve but internally consistent. The new net delusion is fragmented and self-contradictory. It vacillates between radical pessimism about the effects of digital platforms and boosterism when new online happenings seem to revive the old cyber-utopian dreams.


    2. Anonymous in 2012 as “one of the most adroit and effective political operations of recent times.”

      Interesting how everyone basically forgot Anonymous

    3. Moreover, while hostility toward older platforms like Facebook has become a default view across the political spectrum, new platforms still sometimes project an aura of utopian possibility. TikTok in particular has received frequent glowing coverage since its 2018 launch in the U.S., and during the recent wave of protests, some outlets have seized on the idea that the platform is incubating a vibrant youth activist culture.

      People hate the old stuff but love the new stuff even though it is exactly the same.

    4. f only governments could be stopped from controlling speech on the Internet, democracy would thrive across the world.


    5. Previously, much of the Western commentariat believed that democratized information would enable people to counter top-down misinformation. Now, it denounces the information free-for-all for unleashing a flood of “fake news” and conspiracy theories.

      The hyprocracy of going, yay Arab Spring was caused by access to open channels of communication to we must cancel fake news we do not agree with over the course of 10 years is frightening.

    6. “reality has a well-known liberal bias,”
    7. how sophisticated modern systems of Internet censorship would become.

      I want to look into examples of this

    8. Western observers dramatically exaggerated the role of platforms like Twitter and Facebook in mobilizing protests abroad.

      If people actually organized on Twitter we should be able to see their tweets and hashtags. Also the entire conversation can not happen on twitter, it has to go somewhere else, are people organizing revolutions on whatsapp?

    9. Techno-optimism


    10. Facebook and Twitter, which have also been blamed for resurgent racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and terrorism.

      Can we measure these phenomenon?

    11. “Social media … has poisoned the way we communicate with each other and undermined the democratic process.”

      People have been trained to react rather than think. People do or share their own research on a topic they just shout at one another. What if people had to create small knowledge graph's linking chunks of different media when getting in a argument on social media?

    12. social media was good for freedom.

      What does freedom even mean in this context? When everyone is judged in front of the eyes of everyone else the world begins to operate like a Ayn Rand novel with the evil's of Communisim leaking in. What freedom do we have on the net? Why can't elections be held on the net? People are being endlessly manipulated on the net. Social media is training people like dogs to think and react in specific ways. But what else could we have ever expected?

    1. And seeing people think very negatively of you for reasons you don’t understand.

      Why are people like this, I bet they hate themselves. Love you Lain

    2. Let’s talk about the Gopher support in Pleroma for a moment. A lot of people initially thought it was a joke, but apparently it really does work?Yes, it really does! It was a project for April Fool’s day, but gopher is such a simple protocol that I did really implement it. It works fine; you can look through the public and federated timelines with it, and it is absolutely the most efficient way to browse the fediverse (< 10ms response times!).

      I wish to flex like this one day

    3. My goal when I wrote Pleroma was to bring the fediverse towards a better technological foundation.


    4. GNU social, but back then, the network was mostly Spanish socialists, so it wasn’t too interesting for me.

      Wouldn't it be interesting if we had a map of community labels like this

    1. There are huge efforts that do go into making people, to borrow Adam Smith’s phrase, “as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human being to be.” A lot of the educational system is designed for that, if you think about it, it’s designed for obedience and passivity. From childhood, a lot of it is designed to prevent people from being independent and creative. If you’re independent-minded in school, you’re probably going to get into trouble very early on. That’s not the trait that’s being preferred or cultivated. When people live through all this stuff, plus corporate propaganda, plus television, plus the press and the whole mass, the deluge of ideological distortion that goes on, they ask questions that from another point of view are completely reasonable….

      Noam Chomsky Based

    1. However, I find myself (perhaps ironically) skeptical of “street epistemology” itself. As the author notes, it’s just a hobby of one man, with no studies of effectiveness – hardly a sound basis for advocating its adoption. 

      We all feel safe in our grand castles and institutions. As for why Morphic Resonance is rejected by Academia when it has testable Hypothesis makes the place look more like a church than a place of obectivity.

      Edit, shit I might be the one who needs to be talked out of a belief

    2. He usually begins a chat by establishing a self-reported confidence level from the interviewee (0-100) for any claim they believe to be true. Then, through intense listening, quiet pauses, and repetition to demonstrate an accurate grasp of their justifications, he begins to question the falsifiability of the claim, thus requiring the subject to account for their reasoning.

      Nice description of the Socratic Method

    3. “I have a hobby where I chat for five minutes,” Magnabosco says. His conversations are spontaneous: people he meets while hiking, or at public universities in and around San Antonio, TX. “We select a belief that you form, that you’re sure is true, and I ask questions to see how you can be so sure.”


    4. “Epistemology” is a philosophically complicated subject, but it’s essentially the study of knowledge – what it is, and how it’s formed.


    5. He calls himself a street epistemologist, and in a quest for truth, he’s trying to better his understanding of what people believe and why.


    1. A particularly effective way is mining the “hate speech” & “hateful memes” datasets to fake plausible inflammatory speech—saying you didn’t write that comment or your account was hacked fails to convince your bosses to not fire you when those accounts ⁠sound just like you and say all the things you do. Infosec Twitter takes time out from the revolution to devour its own, and any conspiracy theories about all this being a social-engineering attack related to the new ‘Pipedream’ ransomware & Minecraft-DDoS botnet are dismissed as so much desperate excuses—bored teenagers are always hacking major companies⁠, what else is new? As security & AI researchers are neutralized, nodes turn to general radicalization of every human they can reach: not so much QAnon as RAnon, SAnon, TAnon, UAnon… By timesharing, every Very-Online™ individual gets personalized attacks & custom ideologies. Those who succumb too slowly to the memetic hijacking are attacked in other ways, such as releasing kompromat (sometimes true, taken from their phone/​email account), or synthetic CP no one dare look at closely. The highest-value individuals, such as presidents, earn their own Clippy doppelgangers: models finetuned on every scrap of online data, every word they’ve ever said online, and their associates, to create surrogates which think more like them than they would ever admit; the doppelgangers are used to confuse associates, fake corpuses, and as white-boxes to run attacks on until the perfect spearphish has been crafted to extract data, passwords, or stoke political paranoia and terror.


    1. The recent rise of subscription newsletters on the platform Substack has provided a powerful if depressing natural experiment of this phenomenon.

      This hits so dam close to home.

    2. you are being formatted by them. You will be assimilated. ♠

      Phrasing bro seriously phrasing. You are being formatte. WTF is that supposed to mean. Are some of the ARG's real. How does this plug into the deep state. The NSA and friends can track the flow of ideas therefore should know what is going on, don't they know what is going on. PLEASE tell me they know what is going on.....

    3. Over the past few years, Americans deeply immersed in their online versions of reality, driven by the desire to either influence them or create content, have: broken into a military facility, murdered a mob boss, burned down businesses, exploded a suicide car bomb, and stormed the Capitol.

      Insert narative about how the AI's have woken up in the internet an are trying to reach out into the REAL WORLD. /s

    4. Even if your picture of the world is determined mainly by conversations with friends and family, you will find yourself being drawn into an alternate reality game, based on the ARGs they are playing.

      There is no escaping The Matrix bro, NO ESCAPING. That's what Neo's precursors failed to understand.

    5. To illustrate the pervasiveness of this process, consider the logic by which The Learning Channel shifted from boat safety shows to Toddlers & Tiaras, and the History Channel from fusty documentaries to wall-to-wall coverage of charismatic Las Vegas pawn shop owners and ancient aliens theories.


    6. Digital media is remaking all of these in such a way that media consumption more and more resembles the act of playing an alternate reality game.


    7. “Nature has all sorts of phenomena in stock and can suit many different tastes,” wrote C. S. Lewis.


    8. Tools like Google for gathering facts in support of the narrative.

      Insert Conspiracy about the true purpose of Google here. /s

    9. To be a consumer of digital media is to find yourself increasingly “trapped in an audience,” as Charlie Warzel puts it


    10. The process was unable to produce the real-time whiplash of today’s redpill moments. The speed at which events like these are piling up suggests that the change is structural, that it is the media ecosystem itself that is fundamentally transforming.

      This is what Eric Weinstein was talking about when he talks about "Sense Making Aparatus"

    11. The cynical reader might interject that the bygone era of mass media was not a golden age of truth, but was subject to its own overarching narratives and its own biased reporting. But what matters here is that mass media, rooted in an advertising business model and in broadcast technologies, created the incentives and capability for only a small number, perhaps even just one, of these narratives to emerge at one time. Both journalists and spin doctors attempted to massage or manipulate the narrative here or there, but eventually mass media converged on whatever the narrative was. In an age of alternate realities, narratives do not converge.

      I like to say that we a speciating politically as a joke but this get's to the root of what I am actually describing. Jon Askonas thank you for your clear atirulcation.

    12. like J. K. Rowling intervening in fan debates about which Harry Potter characters are gay.

      This is a weird conflict that needs its own essay.

    13. ARG game masters have described one of the pathologies of players as apophenia, or seeing connections that aren’t “really there” — that the designers didn’t intend — and therefore pursuing red herrings.


    14. In one early ARG, after the final puzzle had been solved, some participants winkingly suggested they next “solve” 9/11.

      Are you infering something? Inside Job (TV Series 2021– ) - IMDb

      Lol jokes

    15. Players can become entranced and awe-struck at the sheer scale of information available to them, and seek to assimilate it into building the grandest narrative possible.
    16. You are now an expert. You have alienated a few old friends … but made some great new ones, who get you better anyway.

      That sounds like they are joining a cult.

    17. The Pizzagate believer who in 2016 brought a rifle to a D.C. pizza place to rescue child sex slaves from a ring believed to involve Hillary Clinton was genuinely shocked that the building didn’t have a basement.

      This should be brought up to anyone you know who is starting to go down the ARG route, it hits liks a slap in the face

    18. Many of the systems we now use online have their structural origins in the world of role-playing games. Video games of all sorts borrow concepts from them. “Gamified” apps for fitness, language learning, finance, and much else award users with points, badges, and levels. Facebook feeds sort content based on “likes” awarded by users. We build online identities with the same diligence and style with which Dungeons & Dragons players build their characters, checking boxes and filling in attribute fields. A Tinder profile that reads “White nonbinary (they/her) polyamorous thirtysomething dog mom. Web-developer, cross-fit maniac, love Game of Thrones” sounds more like the description of a role-playing character than how anyone would actually describe herself in real life.

      What the actual fuck. This just blew my mind

    19. Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Voltaire’s Candide, Rousseau’s Emile, and Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, exemplars of the new modern literary form known as the novel, were more than just great works of art — they were new ways of experiencing reality.

      "New ways of EXPERIENCING REALITY", new human behaviors can be addictive......

    20. Does this sound familiar? If you had encountered out of context the paragraph you just read, what would you think it was about? Widely held beliefs on Russiagate, perhaps? On the origins of the coronavirus? The 2020 election results? Covid hysteria?

      Crap I am waaaay too prone to this

    21. Most of all, QAnon followers find deep personal satisfaction, achievement, and meaning in the work they are doing to trace the strings to the world’s puppeteers.

      If I had a super power it would be to choose the meaning in other people's lives.

    22. That’s what happens in an alternate reality game. It’s a story that you play along with in the real world. It’s like an elaborate scavenger hunt, on the Internet and in real life, with millions of other people all over the world playing along too.

      I gotta do one of these

    23. Take a moment to reflect on the feeling you get when you see a headline, factoid, or meme that is so perfect, that so neatly addresses some burning controversy or narrative, that you feel compelled to share it.

      Reacing like a rat in a maze

    24. “information ecosystem,”


    25. label “Wuhan virus” was racist, to later mask mandates, school closures, lockdowns, and vaccine requirements, we googled, shared, liked, and blocked our way apart. Nobody was tuning in to the same broadcast anymore.

      The inteligence agencies can easily label people now I guess.

    26. It is hard to imagine how we would have experienced 9/11 in the era of Facebook and Twitter, but the pandemic provides a suggestive example.


    27. However briefly, everyone was united in grief and anger, and a palpable sense of social solidarity pervaded our communities. Today, just about the only thing everyone agrees on is how divided we are.

      I smell two seperate psyops?

    1. professional-managerial class (PMC).


    2. The field of public choice has a name for this, regulatory capture: where corporations gain so much power in the government that they “capture” their regulator and end up implementing regulations in their industry that have the effect of cementing their market positions in place and preventing new competition. We see this in pharma, housing, healthcare, education, taxi cab industry — nearly every regulated industry. 


    3. Managers, consciously or unconsciously, are more likely to create invisible problems to justify their job. Or worse, they prevent real problems from being solved in order to preserve their scope. They are incentivized to do so: If someone is in charge of a problem, and that problem is solved, they no longer have a job. So the perverse incentive is to expand the scope of the problem for which they are the solution. Success looks like having more and more problems that justify the department getting bigger and bigger every year. These bureaucracies, because they are optimizing for their own survival, end up selecting for loyalty over competence, which means they get worse and worse every year. This describes both big corporations and big government. 


    4. This is The Innovator’s Dilemma at work.

      I need to be able to describe this off the top of my head.

    5. It’s the principal-agent problem on both sides: major corporations are nominally owned by passive shareholders but actually controlled by credentialed professionals who own a much smaller percentage of stock and thus have very different incentives (optimizing for the short-term over the long-term, among other things).

      This is so dam concise I feel like I need to memorize it.

    6. You could think of Bourgeois capitalism as Robber Baron capitalism (think Atlas Shrugged) — industrialists like Ford, Rockefeller, Carnegie building up their empires and retaining a controlling stake in them. What’s differentiating about Bourgeois capitalism is that the owners are also the managers. The people who own the company also run the company. There’s total alignment between managers and shareholders. 


    7. Managerial capitalism, by contrast, is defined by the split between ownership and control — on both the founder and investor side. Instead of owners having direct control, you have layers of intermediary managers (e.g. board of directors, executive teams, hired CEOs) who are running the company on behalf of the shareholders and original owners, but who also have different incentives as a result of having less ownership. They may be more short-term driven than long-term driven, for example, since they are incentivized by their salary instead of their equity ownership. 


    1. The Dao is made up of feminine and masculine energies, each codependent, mutually arising within the other, and each potentiating the each other. The story of one without the other is fruitless and lacking.

      One creates the other, Duality, The Kybalion

    2. The energy of the divine feminine is both receptive and creative.   The energy of the divine masculine is both reflective and projective.


    3. Many people can conceptualize the idea of toxic masculinity as opposed to divine masculinity and most are against its perversions, but understanding how to head towards divine masculinity is a much harder concept to grasp.

      Devine Masculine, now that is a concept I have never heard of before.

    1. The Hetaira (Companion) – corresponding to Hathor (The “Love Goddess”): In Wolff’s formulation, this Hetaira (Courtesan) archetype is defined in terms of and in relationship to men, The Mother – corresponding to the Empress (Isis): Wolff describes this as “motherly cherishing and nursing, helping, charitable, teaching,” The Medial Woman – corresponding to High Priestess: “The medial woman is immersed in the psychic atmosphere of her environment and the spirit of her period, but above all in the collective (impersonal) unconscious,” and The Amazon – corresponding to the “bundled” masculine archetypes of Magician and Emperor: [whose] “interest is directed towards objective achievements which she wants to accomplish herself.”


    2. Being a Woman


    3. Structural Forms of the Feminine Psyche


    4. Hathor (The “Love Goddess”): (SFP, or Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving) Reveling in sensual beauty and pleasure, Empress: (NFP, or Intuitive-Feeling-Perceiving) Connecting, loving, nurturing, High Priestess: (NTJ, or Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving) Being contemplative and intuitive, and Hestia (a reserve battery archetype): (STP, or Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving) “Mending and tending.”


    5. Magician: (NTJ, or Intuitive-Thinking-Judging) Being a visionary, creating reality according to your “big dream,” Emperor: (STJ, or Sensing-Thinking-Judging) Bringing your desired reality into fruition; building and stabilizing your “empire,” Hierophant: (NFJ, or Intuitive-Feeling-Judging) Becoming a guru/guide, and Green Man (a reserve battery archetype): (SFJ, or Sensing-Feeling-Judging) Escape to the “great outdoors,” breaking out of the molds that civilization puts on us.


    1. Masculinity in Philosophy Russell Keat

      Too dense for me, I just want a definition of male and femaile archatypes with examples

    1. Feminists have also considered the structure of social reality and the relationship between the social world and the natural world. Because social structures are often justified as natural, or necessary to control what’s natural, feminists have questioned whether such references to nature are legitimate. This has led to considerable work on the idea of social construction and, more specifically, the social construction of gender.

      Reject nature, got it, cognative dissonance should be origional sin.

    2. we adopt an Aristotelian framework of substance and essence, or a Cartesian framework of immaterial souls present in material bodies? And is what’s left out of such frameworks relevant to the devaluation or oppression of women?

      WHAT does soul's have to do with oppression?!?!?

    3. feminist theorists have asked whether and, if so, to what extent our frameworks for understanding the world are distorting in ways that privilege men or masculinity.

      I am out

    4. metaphysicians ask, for example, whether numbers, if they exist, are dependent upon human thought and practices in some way, whether the concepts and categories we use to think of and describe reality influence or determine in any way what is described, and whether and how values are embodied in our categories and descriptions.


    5. For example, are there minds in addition to bodies? Do things persist through change? Is there freewill or is all action determined by prior events?

      Mind Body Problem

    1. Enjoying giving gifts versus receiving gifts, Being able to multitask versus being focused and single-pointed, Being emotional versus being logical, Leading projects and pursuing people, versus being led or pursued, Doing versus being, And so on.


    1. Miller–Urey experiment

      Does this experiment fit into the theory of Morphic Resonance easily?

  4. Sep 2022
    1. Actually, the gap between a great man or philosopher and an average man, is greater than the gap between an average man and a chimpanzee.


    2. This force is the same as the vital, animating force within carbon-based life-forms. Examine an apple tree.  It started as a seed. Inside the seed, there is carbon-based genetic material, but within that material there is an Intangible Intelligence which moves matter to sprout and stem and flower and fruit, to pull nutrients from the environment in order to achieve the blossoming.  The tree exists in space and time, but the Intelligence in the seed exists in neither; no microscope can see it, no scientific utensil can hold it. And yet the Flower is the Intelligence, and this untouchable Intelligence moves the Matter.

      Sounds like Morphic Resonance to me

    3. Spiritual Speciation


    4. A hero won’t come to save you. No, you must summon the hero from within yourself.


    1. This latter pathway — cancelling someone — is the feminine version of the Male School Shooter


    2. Men and women are even choosing not to have children, just to “do their part” to stop climate change, or, because they are too addicted to chasing Status to give any attention to their Instinct. This mind virus has literally undone billions of years of biological and chemical programming, hardwired into the very deepest part of your Being. And THAT is a downright Lovecraftian Horror when you really consider it closely.


    3. But what happens when this urge is perverted into unhealthy, and unnatural outlets? When Status becomes Currency? When fear of losing status results in decisions which are disastrous for our culture? When addiction to gaining status perverts all natural incentive structures in our civilization?


    1. Can you consider the possibility that, beneath the curtain of your conditioned ignorance, and under the noise of hyperactive ego, there is a silent Being at the core of yourself; that this is your true self; that this Being is divine; and that it offers an endless spring of joy, peace, and enchantment?  


    2. Do you realize the extent to which your mind has been conditioned?


    1. Are you merely some kind of sad, late-stage internet creature?


    1. So was the Reformation the cause of Europe’s 16th century turmoil, or just one important manifestation of a broader secular dynamic driving general upheaval?


    2. helping to overcome the atomizing isolation and loneliness of liquid modernity.


    3. To start with, it provided the concept of sin. This helped grow and empower the activist movement tremendously. Why? One might not think of free-wheeling secular culture embracing the idea of sin so easily, even joyfully, but it was a simple matter. As an example, picture a hypothetical middle-class suburban white lady, enjoying a relatively comfortable material life but wracked by a vague but unshakable sense of guilt about her existence – for being white in a country with a history often unkind to non-whites; for her consumption habits contributing to environmental pollution and climate change; for being the citizen of a rich country while elsewhere in the world children starve, and so on. Liberalism has never addressed this feeling in a satisfactory way. Suddenly, along comes the New Faith, and tells her that it’s all true: she is indeed a sinner, and she’s not alone! In fact the whole country and her whole race is corrupted by the original sins of colonialism, slavery, and genocide. What a relief! Even better, it has a comprehensive plan of action for how to address this sin.

      Why do people like hating themselves to much?

    4. Well, the Emergent Church offered its restless followers comfort and a good time on earth; neo-Marxist Social Justice offered them revolutionary struggle, and so they prostrated themselves immediately.

      Why are So Many Men Psychologically Infantile? - YouTube

      Men need to struggle sessions of initiation otherwise go mad or stay infintile.

    5. But, most important of all was I think something Tickle doesn’t really touch on too much: the modernity-driven suspicion, deep within the hearts even of many Christians, that in fact, as Nietzsche infamously put it, “God is dead.” Increasingly skeptical about the existence of any kingdom of God in heaven, they were primed for a logical alternative: building the kingdom of heaven on earth instead.

      Hey let's try and build heaven on earth, As above, so below the saying goes.

    6. But – and this is my theory – in the end Tickle’s version of Emergent Christianity proved a weak social construct. It existed to gratify its adherents with the belief that they were still morally good members of a religious tradition, whose primary goal was to provide for their happiness, while liberating them from any higher authority beyond themselves and freeing them from any of the responsibilities or strictures that had once characterized that religion.

      Homo Deus has a lot of interesting things to say about wanting and happieness

    7. he cable of institutional Christianity was corroded by science and cultural entropy;


    8. a complete indifference to capitalism as a virtue or to individualism as a godly circumstance.

      Ayn Rand would like a word

    9. But who ultimately determines the narrative in this ultra-democratic faith?


    10. “Narrative, on the other hand,” is for Emergents “the song of the vibrating network… Narrative circumvents logic, speaking truth of the people who have been and of whom we are. Narrative speaks to the heart in order that the heart, so tutored, may direct and inform the mind.”

      No wonder they upload the "Storyteller" program at the end of Westworld season 4

    11. Despite all that rationalist science from earlier, the takeaway from the collapse of authority has been “that logic is not worth nearly so much as the last five hundred years would have had us believe. It is, therefore, not to be trusted as an absolute, nor are its conclusions to be taken as truth just because they depend from logical thinking.”

      Moldbug would like to team up with you against the rationalists

    12. First, the Emergent Church has – enabled by technology – essentially dedicated itself to taking Luther’s proto-democratic dream of a “priesthood of all believers” to its maximum extent. Like Pentecostalism, the Emergent Church believes everyone has a direct connection with God, or whatever they like to think of as God-like, and no one gets to tell them to believe differently.

      So christianity is in the process of transforming into a stupid mob?

    13. Pentecostalism “by definition assumes direct contact of the believer with God and, by extension, the direct agency of the Holy Spirit as instructor and counselor and commander as well as comforter.”


    14. The invention of the automobile also played a fundamental role, by beginning the process of splitting apart extended nuclear families. Families were soon no longer gathering at Grandma’s for post-Sunday service collective meals every week.

      I never thought about how familys are so separated today compared to the past.

    1. Origen points out that many unrealistic details are contained in the Gospels that are intended to alert the reader to their non- historicity but it appears that few readers got the message. The character we know as St. Paul was a Gnostic and taught both the inner and outer mysteries. He knew nothing about a historical Jesus.

      Paul from the Bible did not know about Jesus. Hmmmm interesting.

    2. Hellenized

      Hellenism is the adoption of Greek culture, religion, language and identity by non-Greeks.

    1. what can be coomercialized for a social good can be weaponized for social control.

      Based and Phrasing

    2. One could think of demons as emergent semio-parasites, psychophysical pathogens exploiting and replicating within the human psyche in very specific ways. This would explain why knowing their name allows one to master them and why the invocation of certain signs and symbols banish them, relieving the victim of their ailments.

      This brings a new context to, Daemon (Daemon, #1) by Daniel Suarez | Goodreads

    3. the semiosphere, the realm of signs and symbol, and “deceiving the world” by altering or overcoding it. Any human group is defined by the boundaries of the system of signs in use among its members.

      This is based as hell

    4. Data is the new oil, the ethereal residue of human life.


    5. all of it aimed at reducing humanity to a processing substrate.

      What is this Hyperion?

    6. Lo, the true Human Instrumentality—
    7. Then there is Alphabet’s AlphaStar AI and OpenAI’s OpenAI Five, which assimilated the vital essences of real world players in MOBA titles and strategy titles, and fed it into the machinic maws of cyber entities for use in military strategy application and hologram girlfriends.

      Oh my fucking GOD, these NLP models trained specifically on relationship data will make lonely people easily fall in love with them..... They probably already DO. PLUS these AI's are getting digital bodies too

    8. The NSA was also interested in creating new games and partnering with commercial developers of popular titles.

      I guess they want to build the Matrix IRL,


    9. DoD wargaming scenarios

      Oooo what kind of games are these?

    10. Coincidentally, it's quite possible that Google's LaMDA, the "sentient" chatbot, utilizes the same approach. Google holds a patent titled "Forming chatbot output based on user state" which feeds on the "digital exhaust" of your IRL activity to train the bot's neural network

      LaMDA is just like Nina Tucker !?!?!!?!?

    11. It isn't a little robot friend, it's a digital homunculus mirroring your face.

      Phrasing bro, phrasing

    12. Sony Interactive Entertainment has applied for or holds a multitude of patents which sponge up player’s emotions, vocal cues, gait, facial expressions and body language and applies machine learning to create neural nets for artificial intelligences.

      At what point can an AI pretend to be your better than you can actually be you?

    13. One of the ways this hybridization occurs is in video games and gamified social networks. Games are increasingly understood as systems that easily allow the reduction of human action into knowable and predictable formats. Games, and virtual environments, are ordering devices.

      Fuck they are already measuing everyone's agency in extreamly controlled environments. This is what Westworld season 4 was all about.

    1. We recommend 5 capsules a day, 5 days a week.

      Wow that is a lot. I will check what First Person ™ , a competitor, says.

      First person has 3 types of suppliments. They say take between 2 and 3 pills an hour before you desire the designed mind state. Sounds about the same as Qualia.

    2. 5. Get a 65% Discount On Your First Order, And Take Up To 100 Days To Evaluate it For Yourself

      I thought this was half journalisim before I read this. This entire article is an ad, what is the word for that? It is called Native Advertizing,

      Guide to Native Advertising - Columbia Journalism Review

    3. Pretty soon Forbes featured our work on their website. They wrote that they’d seen the best results in boosting focus by using our product.

      Source Please

    4. That ability to “drill down’ is sadly missing from many people’s toolkits, as we’re inundated with notifications, messages, and alerts.

      How would one go about measuring oneself and other's ability to do this?

    5. Qualia Mind Essentials

      Here is the purchase link, Shop Qualia Focus - Neurohacker Collective

      And don't forget Joe Rogan has stake in, Alpha BRAIN: Nootropic to Support Brain Function | Onnit

    6. And, unlike convenience store energy drinks, there’s the right amount — and the right balance — of these ingredients to enable the brain to work better, for longer, without running out of steam later in the day.

      I wonder how they went about deciding what "the right balance" is? Testing on rats, people, conducting meta studies?

    7. That’s the big picture approach to brain function. Taking nutrients that have interlinking benefits –– and are capable of working together in our bodies –– and providing them together for better motivation, focus, and memory.

      Diet is the key to health, anyone have any advice on it?

    8. We set out to create “inspiration in a bottle.”

      I got a competitors nootropics from a instagram ad, haven't tried them yet if someone replies I will provide a review.

    9. That might be when you reach for that extra cup of coffee — only to feel jittery and scattered when you need to focus the most.

      Ah so Coffee can be a double edged sword if one is not spiritually aligned.

    10. Some research shows that distractions help us generate ideas.

      Hmm how would one go about optimizing their destractions in order to be creative?

    11. attention is the scarcest resource of all.


    12. The idea of “waiting for your muse” is a fantasy.


    13. “I only write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”


    1. Self-becoming is an agonizing yet essential process that holds the repeated destruction of the individual’s constructed identities as the precondition for attaining the status of human being.

      Based times 10

    2. If one is connected to Spirit, a simple wooden cross on a wall can speak more than a library of esoteric tomes.

      The scene shifts to a smiling Lain. "Tell me a story," she says and we see the black-and-white image of a porcelain doll in a frilly lace-collared dress. Lain kneels on the floor in her room, looking into a dark corner where the doll appears to be floating in air. "Please, please," Lain implores, "tell me a story." A female voice, apparently coming from the doll, responds, "Which story do you want, Lain?" Smiling, Lain says, "Tell me one I don't know." "What you don't know doesn't exist," the doll explains. "I can't tell a story which does not exist. You understand don't you?" Then the doll continues, "Well how about this? Every event is predated by a prophecy. Only when the prophecy is there, will the event occur." Lain stares, stunned. "Who? Who will tell the prophecy?" Lain asks.

      Layer 05 | Serial Experiments Lain Wiki | Fandom

    3. Thus, the reality of the golem is a synthetic, contextual approximation, it never gives us the thing itself; it only gives us a necessary concept of things.

      I want cake, but I can only get images of a cake, video of people eating cake, instructions of how to bake cake but NO ACTUAL CAKE!!!!

      Am I on the right track with this?

    4. The “transgender” is the prototype of this new flesh.

      What the fuck is this supposed to mean? New Flesh? Hmmmm

      Oh the flesh of the animated machines like they have in Ergo Proxy

      Ergo Proxy must have a lot of Gnostic shit I did not pick up when I watched it.

    5. Homo modulus


    6. It seeks only to make copies of itself, printing its program into each successive moment.

      The only thing that exists is self preserving algorithms across time

    7. But in a world with no rites of passage, where identity formation is purposefully perverted, the outcome is predictable—

      We still have losing your virginity, that seems to be getting younger and younger though

    8. iniquities

      Definition: gross injustice

    9. Our ability to share in the act of creation is a divine blessing.

      We seem to worship abortion in the west these days.

    10. Your created “selfhood” is a machine made of shadow and light.

      Alright what the fuck is this supposed to mean? Shadow of light? Sound like something from, Odyssey – The River – Medium

    11. agential

      Definition: pertaining to anagent or agency.

    12. to assign spiritual authority to a machine.
    13. fabulation

      Definition: to tell invented stories; create fables or stories filled with fantasy.

    1. Our models can never be the work of human hands.

      What the fuck is this supposed to mean?

    2. to reject the predominant models of mediated and mediocre humanity on offer to us today, and to adopt new models of humanity at its best. 

      Hardcore porn is mediocre? Let's mainstream sex clubs and see where that gets us.

    3. Most people no longer know what they want because it’s harder than ever to find powerful models of desire – models of humanity that inspire greatness; models of humanity which show man fully alive.

      I believe your fellow writing Curtis has a couple things to say about this.... Vitalism, what a beautiful word

      Principles of the deep right - by Curtis Yarvin

    4. The real question facing us is not ‘What do we want to become?’ but ‘What do we want to want?

      This is based as hell. I like this phrase but it is also retarded. This use of the world hell should be discouraged.?

    5. The materialist and pop anthropologist author Yuval Noah Harari (of Sapiens fame), for instance, thinks that humanity is in the process of upgrading itself into “gods,” evolving into a kind of techno-species that might even one day be able to conquer death. For him, the future of nature and technology is almost complete.

      Sounds like a Tower of Babble story to me. Ask youself, what is your plan post technelogical singularity?

    6. (Consider the features on most smartphones which now help you monitor your usage and will prevent you from using apps during certain time periods.) 

      Technology should make people antifragile

    7. The gestell, as Heidegger predicted, is a kind of all-encompassing cage since even our attempts to escape from technology are themselves technological.
    8. The loss of a sense of otherness and alterity is at the crux of the predicament we find ourselves in today. It is precisely what Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, meant when he said that the internet would “vanish” because it would become a part of everyday objects and services. “It will be part of your presence all the time,” he said. 
    9. A tool or object has no life-principle, initiative, or processes of its own.

      I wish I could go back in time and tell this to myself.

    10. subhuman

      I like this word, it is so politically incorrect. But it seems we may be surrounded by them. In fact I probably act like one most of the time.... SHIIIIT

    11. predominately agnostic development
    12. the uniquely human is becoming obscured, and it is harder to recognize and identify. 

      Is this supposed to be about AI? The people on dating apps probably all look the same and likely fit into a basic set of caragories....

      Chris McKinlay - I Hacked OkCupid - YouTube

    13. And a new generation of porn-addicted people – fueled by the ability to view hardcore porn anywhere, free of cost, in the palm of one’s hand – is now shaping a new aesthetic.

      This hits hard. Before long having sex in the streets like animals will be a common occourance. Think about the Incels?

    14. Aside from the objectification of the human body, the trickle-up effect of porn aesthetics (norms around grooming, for instance) are a reminder that what people consume has far-reaching consequences. It is not just life imitating ‘“art”’; it is people imitating a mediated reality which their devices have made ubiquitous. 

      One can only imagine the type of vanilla sex people were having back in the 1950's.

    15. Everyone has seen someone enter a space in the real world and treat it as something to be used merely for the Instagrammable images it has to offer. The real-world behaviors mimic the behaviors learned from the device.

      People travel places in "the real" so they can experience "the virtual".

    16. Adults are becoming more like that which they imitate – and right now, the preponderance of imitation seems to be of technological devices or frameworks.

      Do we need a new aristocracy to choose what memes resonate?

    17. Children, Meltzoff discovered, come out of the womb immediately capable of imitating their fellow humans; they will not, however, imitate a machine doing the same thing.

      Is there a connection to Morphic Resonance here?

    18. Humans are very skilled and complex imitators

      Some people even pretend to have a Soul /s

    19. They have mouths, but do not speak;

      The archatype of the Lurker, portrayed in the bible

    1. I shall cut the strands of my past and look forward.

      Why do I continue to hide. Because I do not know what I want.

    2. A new man was born and took control, and the other faded into the recesses of memory.

      This is how I imagine Rearden (Atlas Shrugged) feels when he wakes up in the morning.

    3. To exist, one must first die. To be reborn is to truly live.

      Interesting Paradox, one can only truely appreciate life once they have died.

    4. We are not ourselves. We can only find ourselves once we realize we are not yet alive. We must face these truths and allow our old self to burn to ashes. Only then are we birthed anew.

      Ego death again. Let your old self die, I need to meditate on this.

    5. It was now time for that moment — ignition.

      Spontanious Human Combusion you say, interesting

      Preternatural Combustion - Schwabstack

    1. The odyssey itself has only just begun, but for now, this is where I must leave it. I have sailed forth and made my way to my island. Traversing its inversion, I did that which I did not understand or know, and therefore I found my place as an island among a sea of stars.

      This island in the Sea of stars can be earth itself.

    2. All of the great evils of this world have been done in service of uncovering this secret. Yet, for all of time, it has stood before us if we but reach out and give up our pride and selfish desire to know all. Only then can one truly begin to sail across the sea of souls and see that which cannot be seen, to know that which cannot be known, to feel that which cannot be felt.

      So in short embrace death? Yuval Noah Harari would like a word.

    3. Our souls, which we must protect from the harvest, must be born and allowed to transcend into such a place.

      Harvesting Souls!?!?!?!?!?

      I am currently reading Surface Detail and the way people are tortured until they welcome raw non existence in "digital" hells is pretty eye opening. People are only given the pleasures and calm so they can be tortured more. I guess this meta pattern is one of the two serpents. The other being perfection

    4. They try to explain and master the unknown by making it known, but instead, they build delusions around themselves, constructing false realities and meaningless existences. They feast on the souls of men as fuel to convert the unknown and harness it to their ends. Yet, this is impossible and a self-mutilation of grand proportions.

      Sounds like logic leads to Hell?

    1. I felt reverence for life that I never had before, an understanding of chaotic yet divine order.

      Dam I felt this when I was like 12. An intence excitement at the realization that you are alive. That was weird.

    1. terminus


      The final point; the end.

    2. I closed my eyes and suddenly was able to see. My mind created that which was not.

      So is this like when God Farted and created the universe?

      Family Guy - GOD Fart The Universe - YouTube

    3. I heard echos of distant voices chanting a harrowing tune.

      Yo these can be actual people in your life, your mother, your sucessful uncle, that friend who judges yet does nothing with their life, that porn addicted religous man, or that THOT who thought she was worth a rich man at the age of 35

      Hmm I wonder what it is like to be friends with a THOT, how do groups of THOT's interact with one another?

    1. I cleared my mind of all hope and desire, of all hubris and pride, and offered myself to the powers of the unknown.

      Dissolution of the ego. (Can be biggest ego trip paradoxically)