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Who has more freedom: a nomadic, tribal hunter-gatherer; or a modern citizen of industrial civilization? And why? Use whatever definition of “freedom” is most meaningful and important to you, and please explain your view.
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The anti-humanism of the radical environmental movement is associated with the 1960s, but it was present in intellectual currents decades earlier. This is from c. 1948:
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“One day your car may speed along an electric super-highway, its speed and steering automatically controlled by electronic devices embedded in the road” Advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post, 1950s
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Why is it bad to “talk your book” but good to “put your money where your mouth is”
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This is apparently what the CA high-speed rail project has built so far. “Nearly 1,600 feet long”
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Today we’re opening applications for the 2024 cohort of The Roots of Progress Blog-Building Intensive, an 8-week program for aspiring progress writers to start or grow a blog. Get into a regular writing habit, improve your writing, and build your audience: https://fellowship.rootsofprogress.org/programs/
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Three faulty assumptions people make when trying to understand the behavior of organizations: • Perfect internal communication • Perfect internal alignment • Perfect execution on strategy/plans If you assume these you will often be confused at the behavior of organizations.
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Someone asked “What is your vision of abundance?” I said: Mastery over all aspects of nature: • Biology: cure disease & aging • Space: supersonic, flying cars, rockets • Matter: nanotech, megastructures • Energy: fusion, Dyson spheres • Information: AI, BCI • Environment: terraforming, climate control
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If you're on Airchat, I've been doing an AMA there about progress https://www.air.chat/jasoncrawford
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A feature in on the progress movement in Reason Magazine: “It celebrates humanity's achievements so far. It judges progress not in technocratic terms but with an eye on outcomes for individual human beings” https://reason.com/2024/04/06/progress-rediscovered/
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Best $8 I ever spent: buying a kite for our two-and-a-half year old 🪁
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How to be in the right place at the right time: Go to the right place, and wait for the right time.
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Since the 1950s, the Supreme Court has rejected rejected attempts to censor books, phone calls, cable TV, and the internet. “In all of those cases, the Supreme Court kept returning to one simple idea: You can’t unduly burden adult access to information in the name of protecting children.” –Greg Lukianoff
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Mostly cloudy in Austin, but we got just enough break in the cloud cover to see the eclipse!
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Caltrain employee built a secret apartment inside Burlingame station using $42k of public funds. My main takeaway here is that you can build a home in CA for $42k as long as no one is watching https://www.mercurynews.com/2024/03/28/ex-caltrain-employee-contractor-charged-with-building-secret-homes-at-train-stations/
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As a hobby, kids today should try 21st-century orienteering Figuring out how to drive from point A to point B using only a road atlas, with no online maps or GPS
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Just thinking about how much people's voices change as they age, and how you can almost gauge age just by hearing a voice. Is there any research on this in longevity? Anyone trying to restore or prolong youthful voices? Or will this just be a consequence of general anti-aging work?
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Lavoisier was hardcore
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The concept of children and childhood as precious is a modern sentiment made possible by the conquest of infectious disease When half of children died before adulthood, it was emotionally impossible to become too attached to them:
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Sewage systems are one of the greatest achievements of civilization, says Matt Ridley An essay of mine on this: https://rootsofprogress.org/when-life-was-literally-full-of-crap
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