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Zoltan Istvan

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Bestselling visionary author Zoltan Istvan, an American-Hungarian, began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world at the age of 21. His main cargo was 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. He's explored over 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured by The New York Times, Outside, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Vice, Wired UK, BBC Radio, CBS, CNN, RT, FOX News, Animal Planet, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Zoltan later becam ...more

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“From our first day alive on this planet, they began teaching society everything it knows and experiences. It was all brainwashing bullshit. Their trio of holy catechisms is: faith is more important than reason; inputs are more important than outcomes; hope is more important than reality. It was designed to choke your independent thinking and acting—to bring out the lowest common denominator in people—so that vast amounts of the general public would literally buy into sponsorship and preservation of their hegemonic nation. Their greatest achievement was the creation of the two-party political system; it gave only the illusion of choice, but never offered any change; it promised freedom, but only delivered more limits. In the end, you got stuck with two leading loser parties and not just one. It completed their trap of underhanded domination, and it worked masterfully. Look anywhere you go. America is a nation of submissive, dumbed-down, codependent, faith-minded zombies obsessed with celebrity gossip, buying unnecessary goods, and socializing without purpose on their electronic gadgets. The crazy thing is that people don't even know it; they still think they're free. Everywhere, people have been made into silent accomplices in the government's twisted control game. In the end, there is no way out for anyone.”
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

“The bold code of the transhumanist will rise. That's an inevitable, undeniable fact. It's embedded in the undemocratic nature of technology and our own teleological evolutionary advancment. It is the future. We are the future like it or not. And it needs to molded, guided, and handled correctly by the strength and wisdom of transhumanist scientists with their nations and resources standing behind them, facilitating them. It needs to be supported in a way that we can make a successful transition into it, and not sacrifice ourselves—either by its overwhelming power or by a fear of harnessing that power. You need to put your resources into the technology. Into our education system. Into our universities, industries, and ideas. Into the strongest of our society. Into the brightest of our society. Into the best of our society So that we can attain the future.”
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

“The American Dream has become a death sentence of drudgery, consumerism, and fatalism: a garage sale where the best of the human spirit is bartered away for comfort, obedience and trinkets. It's unequivocally absurd.”
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

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Who would you like to see win the 2020 United States presidential election?

 
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Michelle Obama
 
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Almost anyone currently running except Trump. He is a maniac and is suffering from either early or mid stage dementia or FTD. This is on top of his psychological problems; narcissistic personality disorder at the top of that list. I would love to see a woman president if one is truly qualified. I'm not thrilled with any of the current candidates. I have voted however on the one I think might be able to bring the country back from the brink of being a dictatorship. I think the two party system needs to be eliminated along with the Electoral College. It was originally insitituted in and was an elitist tool since most of the population wasn't deemed educated enough to make a valid choice. America was born our of revolution. May be time for another one. (write-in)
 
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“The bold code of the transhumanist will rise. That's an inevitable, undeniable fact. It's embedded in the undemocratic nature of technology and our own teleological evolutionary advancment. It is the future. We are the future like it or not. And it needs to molded, guided, and handled correctly by the strength and wisdom of transhumanist scientists with their nations and resources standing behind them, facilitating them. It needs to be supported in a way that we can make a successful transition into it, and not sacrifice ourselves—either by its overwhelming power or by a fear of harnessing that power. You need to put your resources into the technology. Into our education system. Into our universities, industries, and ideas. Into the strongest of our society. Into the brightest of our society. Into the best of our society So that we can attain the future.”
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

“It's no use here anymore," Jethro said, "I'm utterly disillusioned with our progress in this klutzy, religion-addicted country.”
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

“From our first day alive on this planet, they began teaching society everything it knows and experiences. It was all brainwashing bullshit. Their trio of holy catechisms is: faith is more important than reason; inputs are more important than outcomes; hope is more important than reality. It was designed to choke your independent thinking and acting—to bring out the lowest common denominator in people—so that vast amounts of the general public would literally buy into sponsorship and preservation of their hegemonic nation. Their greatest achievement was the creation of the two-party political system; it gave only the illusion of choice, but never offered any change; it promised freedom, but only delivered more limits. In the end, you got stuck with two leading loser parties and not just one. It completed their trap of underhanded domination, and it worked masterfully. Look anywhere you go. America is a nation of submissive, dumbed-down, codependent, faith-minded zombies obsessed with celebrity gossip, buying unnecessary goods, and socializing without purpose on their electronic gadgets. The crazy thing is that people don't even know it; they still think they're free. Everywhere, people have been made into silent accomplices in the government's twisted control game. In the end, there is no way out for anyone.”
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

“What seems worst of all, though, is that even the leaders don't recognize this. The greatest danger of the whole mess is that all this Western-American conditioning has been on autopilot for centuries. Nobody is in control of it anymore. It's a mindless goliath wandering the Earth, devouring lives, erasing potential, and following its every whim—regardless of how irrational, obscene, uneducated, enslaving, or backwards its actions are. The American Dream has become a death sentence of drudgery, consumerism, and fatalism: a garage sale where the best of the human spirit is bartered away for comfort, obedience and trinkets. It's unequivocally absurd.”
Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

“Fear is a natural emotion in life, but you cannot let it dictate your actions. When you act out of fear, you will only meet failure. But act out of determination to conquer that fear, and you will succeed at anything. Maybe not the first time, or the second or third, but eventually—as long as you keep trying—you can conquer your fears and succeed.”
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Jonathan Franks Hello Mr. Istvan,

I would love support your campaign and increase it's visibility but I'm having trouble finding any stickers or other campaign media. Could you tell me where to find a bumper sticker for your campaign?

Thanks!
Jonathan


message 27: by Zoltan

Zoltan Istvan Nick wrote: "Hello Zoltan!

How are you doing? It seems your book has been given a lot of (both positive and negative) critiques. It's good to see that transhumanism is switching from the obscure to the public..."


Thanks Nick. I hope you enjoy my novel when you get to it. Please let me know what you think. Cheers!


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Nick Hello Zoltan!

How are you doing? It seems your book has been given a lot of (both positive and negative) critiques. It's good to see that transhumanism is switching from the obscure to the public discourse I'd say. Since I've received the book from you I haven't got the time to read it just yet, but I'm hoping to pick it up quite soon! Right now my re-reading of A Song of Ice and Fire takes up most of my spare time.

I wish you well.


message 25: by Zoltan

Zoltan Istvan Jackson wrote: "You're writing a sequel to THW? Oh God, yes, count me in. It can't come soon enough."

Thanks for the kind words, Jackson!


message 24: by Jackson

Jackson You're writing a sequel to THW? Oh God, yes, count me in. It can't come soon enough.


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Zoltan Istvan ♥♥Mari♥♥ wrote: "Hi, Zoltan! Thanks for the friend request!! : )"

Hi Mari, Thank you! I just found your kind note now. Cheers, Zoltan


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Zoltan Istvan Eric wrote: "Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.
Eric"


Thank you Eric! Just saw your post now. Cheers!


 ♥♥Mari♥♥ Hi, Zoltan! Thanks for the friend request!! : )


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Eric Birk Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.
Eric


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Zoltan Istvan Quantum Thief~Rebel Red Riding Hood~ wrote: "Thank you for the friend invite Zoltan."

Thank you Quantum Thief!


Quantum Thief - Spooky Ink Bandit Girl Thank you for the friend invite Zoltan.


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Zoltan Istvan John wrote: "Are you an atheist?"

Hi, I'm more of an apatheist.


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Zoltan Istvan Dolors wrote: "Thank you for the friend invite Zoltan, much pleased to accept. Best wishes from Barcelona city."

Thanks Dolors. Barcelona is a wonderful city. Have a great day!


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Zoltan Istvan Robert wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, Zoltan."

Thanks Robert. Just found your message today. Wishing you well. Cheers!


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Dolors Thank you for the friend invite Zoltan, much pleased to accept. Best wishes from Barcelona city.


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Robert Thanks for the friend request, Zoltan.


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Zoltan Istvan Laine (librarianscanreadtoo) wrote: "Hey Thanks so much for the friend request! Can't wait to start reading your books and sharing books with you."

Hi Laine,
Thanks for your friendship! Wishing you wonderful reading. Cheers, Zoltan


Waffles - Kelsey Hey Thanks so much for the friend request! Can't wait to start reading your books and sharing books with you.


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Zoltan Istvan Rita wrote: "Hi, thanks for your frienship!"

Thank you Rita, Cheers, Zoltan


Rita Carla Monticelli Hi, thanks for your frienship!


Zoltan Istvan Christine wrote: "Thanks for being my friend"

Thank you Christine! Zoltan


Zoltan Istvan Aloha wrote: "Hi Zoltan. Thank you for the friend invite. You have a very interesting profile and life. I enjoyed reading about you. I grew up with National Geographic the magazine but rarely watched the sho..."

Nice to meet you Aloha! Just found your comments. Cheers, Zoltan


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


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Aloha Hi Zoltan. Thank you for the friend invite. You have a very interesting profile and life. I enjoyed reading about you. I grew up with National Geographic the magazine but rarely watched the show. I rarely watch TV, anyway. Nice to meet you!


Zoltan Istvan Thank you Cedric! Nice to meet you too! Wishing you a great night. Cheers, Zoltan


Cedric Nye Zoltan,
Thank you for your Friend request! I hope you are having an excellent day.
All my best to you and yours,
Cedric


Zoltan Istvan Thank you.


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Billy Masters Thank you for becoming a friend.


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