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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Seveneves
by Neal Stephenson (Goodreads Author)
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“Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.”
Robert A. Heinlein
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
“There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss. It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.....the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.”
Alexandre Dumas
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Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
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Animal Farm by George Orwell
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All animals are equal, some are more equal than others. Quick read, clear parable about the dangers of destroying your masters only to be subjugated by new ones. Rings of what (i think) happened in the soviet union. In the introduction to the book, t ...more
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Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
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I'm like, so woke to the white house now. For as much as the current administration seems like a TV show, this is the definitive 'behind the scenes' dialogue track. Fairly tabloid-y, plenty of "who said what about whom". Nobody expected them to win t ...more
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Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis
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Not nearly as interesting as The Martian IMO. Takes place on a city on the moon, our hero is a young woman smuggler. Antics ensue.
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Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis
by Andy Weir (Goodreads Author)
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Not nearly as interesting as The Martian IMO. Takes place on a city on the moon, our hero is a young woman smuggler. Antics ensue.
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
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As a friend pointed out: Vaguely crass stoicism for millenials.

Key takeaways are 1) You can't give no fucks about anything (results in nihilistic doom). 2) You have to give a fuck about some-things. 3) You have a limited amount of fucks to give. 4) P
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Jordan B. Peterson
“You cannot be protected from the things that frighten you and hurt you, but if you identify with the part of your being that is responsible for transformation, then you aare always the equal, or more than the equal of the things that frighten you.”
Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan B. Peterson
“Don’t use language instrumentally”
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“Of course, my socialist colleagues and I weren’t out to hurt anyone – quite the reverse. We were out to improve things – but we were going to start with other people. I came to see the temptation in this logic, the obvious flaw, the danger – but could also see that it did not exclusively characterize socialism. Anyone who was out to change the world by changing others was to be regarded with suspicion. The temptations of such a position were too great to be resisted.”
Jordan B. Peterson, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief

Jordan B. Peterson
“Rejection of the unknown is tantamount to “identification with the devil,” the mythological counterpart and eternal adversary of the world-creating exploratory hero. Such rejection and identification is a consequence of Luciferian pride, which states: all that I know is all that is necessary to know. This pride is totalitarian assumption of omniscience – is adoption of “God’s place” by “reason” – is something that inevitably generates a state of personal and social being indistinguishable from hell. This hell develops because creative exploration – impossible, without (humble) acknowledgment of the unknown – constitutes the process that constructs and maintains the protective adaptive structure that gives life much of its acceptable meaning”
Jordan B. Peterson, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief

Eliezer Yudkowsky
“Many philosophers—particularly amateur philosophers, and ancient philosophers—share a dangerous instinct: If you give them a question, they try to answer it.”
Eliezer Yudkowsky, Rationality: From AI to Zombies

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