Sentient Noosphere
   Kurzgesagt: July 26, 2017

Sortition

   5th C. BCE

In governance, sortition (also known as allotment or demarchy) selects political officials as a random sample from a larger pool of candidates. The logic behind the sortition process originates from the idea that “power corrupts.” For that reason, when the time came to choose individuals to be assigned to empowering positions, the ancient Athenians resorted to choosing by lot. In ancient Athenian democracy, sortition was therefore the traditional and primary method for appointing political officials, and its use was regarded as a principal characteristic of true democracy.


Cooperation over Domination

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Deep Learning Demystified

   May 23, 2016

   John B. Calhoun: 1958 - 1972

   Ray Dalio: September 22, 2013

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The Limits To Growth

   November 25, 2015

Meet The World's First Heartless Human Able To Live Without A Pulse

   March 10, 2011

Why Cities Are Where They Are

   Wendover Productions: January 3, 2017

   Jean-Raphaël Dedieu & Alan Jacobs: March 30, 2011

   Tom Walker: December 25, 2016

   Ajahn Brahm: November 25, 2016

Organism Earth

   Google: November 29, 2016

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Babylon 5: “No Compromises;” Season 5, Episode 1

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Max Tegmark: You Are Food, Rearranged

   June 5, 2014

Our Economy, Explained in Cookies

   February 2, 2016
Our economy, explained in cookies

Dr. Robert Zubrin: Why Should We Go To Mars?

   July 10, 2014

I can ask any American, “what happened in 1492?” They'll tell me, “well, Columbus sailed in 1492.” And that is correct; he did. But that's not the only thing that happened in 1492. In 1492, England and France signed a peace treaty. In 1492, the Borgias took over the papacy. In 1492, Lorenzo de Medici, the richest man in the world, died. A lot of things happened. If there had been newspapers in 1492—which there weren't, but if there had—those would have been the headlines, not this Italian weaver's son taking a bunch of ships and sailing off to nowhere.

But Columbus is what we remember, not the Borgias taking over the papacy. Five hundred years from now, people are not going to remember which faction came out on top in Iraq, or Syria, or whatever. And who was in, and who was out. They will remember what we do to make their civilization possible.


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Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman re-evaluates reality

   May 8, 2016

One thing to consider when people discuss the “connected feelings of psychedelic or mystic states being only a product of the brain”—the brain is simply a construction of the brain. Like a self-referential strange loop. Reality is a product of “the brain.”

I highly recommend the TED Talk with neuroscientist Dr. Donald Hoffman. He discusses how what we perceive as reality is not really how reality is to begin with. To paraphrase Alan Watts: the world is a Rorschach test, you turn that into reality.


Smart man states the obvious. Humanity ignores advice.

   June 27, 2016