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Kaj Sotala

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September 05, 1986

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August 2012


Things are allowed to be good and bad at the same time

I’ve found it useful to sometimes remind myself that things are allowed to be good and bad at the same time.


Suppose that there was a particular job that I wanted but didn’t get. Afterwards, I find myself thinking:


“Damnit, some of the stuff in that job would have been so cool.”

“But the commute would have killed me, it wouldn’t have been a good fit for me anyway.”

“But some of that stuff would have b

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Published on October 17, 2020 00:58
Average rating: 3.56 · 18 ratings · 3 reviews · 4 distinct works
Kehittyvä ihmiskunta

3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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Jokapiraatinoikeus

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Roolipelikirja

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You are the One You've Been Waiting For by Richard C. Schwartz
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How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett
"This review also appears on Amazon.com A few caveats before I begin the review proper - I take writing a negative review very seriously and understand full well that online actions have consequences. I also understand that the author is a far more ac" Read more of this review »
How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett
"Disclaimer: As of yet, I have not entirely finished the book. In principle, if I do decide to write a review, it is after I finished the entire book. However, Dr. Barrett's way of arguing for the theory of constructed emotions feels more promotional " Read more of this review »
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XCOM 2 by Greg Keyes
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Wasn't expecting much from a licensed novel, but figured that I would still like it for the XCOM if nothing else. But none of the characters were interesting, they acted in ways that felt implausible, several plot elements felt contrived, and overall ...more
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Surfing Uncertainty by Andy  Clark
Surfing Uncertainty: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind
by Andy Clark
recommended to Kaj Sotala by: Scott Alexander
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Invaluable and insightful theoretical explanation; at the same time, the writing tends to repeat itself and keep talking about how beautiful the brain is according to this theory. Was definitely worth reading for the content, but the style felt like ...more
The Hye Ch'O Diary by Hyecho
"While the Buddhist Korean monk Hyecho's travels (beginning 723 AD) are undoubtedly extraordinary, surely on par with Faxian or Xuanzang, and potentially could have made for an extraordinary memoir, his actual memoir is equally extraordinarily unrewar" Read more of this review »
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Hopeatee by Maija Haavisto
Hopeatee
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Hyvä mieli by Maija Haavisto
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Why I Am Not a Buddhist by Evan Thompson
Why I Am Not a Buddhist
by Evan Thompson
recommended to Kaj Sotala by: Michael Taft
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Decently written, but felt like it was generally either arguing against views which I didn't hold (e.g. that one can easily derive a purely psychological interpretation of Buddhism from the original suttas, that it can be reconstrued as a form of "fi ...more
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