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In 1938 humans were offered three global stories to choose from, in 1968 just two, and in 1998 a single story seemed to prevail. In 2018 we are down to zero.

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Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
“the real risk with AGI isn’t malice but competence. A superintelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble. As I mentioned in chapter 1, people don’t think twice about flooding anthills to build hydroelectric dams, so let’s not place humanity in the position of those ants.”
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Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
“Psychology: The Pursuit of and Rebellion Against Goals In summary, a living organism is an agent of bounded rationality that doesn’t pursue a single goal, but instead follows rules of thumb for what to pursue and avoid. Our human minds perceive these evolved rules of thumb as feelings, which usually (and often without us being aware of it) guide our decision making toward the ultimate goal of replication.”
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Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
“It’s important to remember, however, that the ultimate authority is now our feelings, not our genes. This means that human behavior isn’t strictly optimized for the survival of our species. In fact, since our feelings implement merely rules of thumb that aren’t appropriate in all situations, human behavior strictly speaking doesn’t have a single well-defined goal at all.”
Max Tegmark
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Mini Habits for Weight Loss by Stephen Guise
“Habit is stronger than reason.” ~ Georga Santayana
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Being nobody, going nowhere  by Ayya Khema
equanimity derives from the insight that everything constantly changes: whether what has happened feels good or bad is neither a cause for elation nor for depression. It’s just happening. We are here as this specific human being for maybe sixty, seventy, eighty years. So what’s all the hustle and bustle about? What is there to gain? Where is there to go? It’s all just happening.
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The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . . by Lodro Rinzler
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We Are the Nerds by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
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The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
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Twelve Against the Gods by William Bolitho
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
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“The mind that doesn’t need any outer conditions for happiness is the mind that can say, “This is the release from all suffering. This is true happiness.” Such a mind sees with clarity the absolute reality of what’s happening in this universe and doesn’t have to hang on to anything, attach to anything, doesn’t have to become anything, doesn’t have to be anything. It just does what is necessary at each particular moment and then lets go.”
Ayya Khema, Being nobody, going nowhere : meditations on the Buddhist path

“Where did I come up with this particular world view?”
Vishen Lakhiani, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms

Max Tegmark
“Here an omnipotent superintelligent AI keeps some humans around, who feel treated like zoo animals and occasionally lament their fate. Why would the zookeeper AI keep humans around? The cost of the zoo to the AI will be minimal in the grand scheme of things, and it may want to retain at least a minimal breeding population for much the same reason that we keep endangered pandas in zoos and vintage computers in museums: as an entertaining curiosity. Note that today’s zoos are designed to maximize human rather than panda happiness, so we should expect human life in the zookeeper-AI scenario to be less fulfilling than it could be.”
Max Tegmark, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Max Tegmark
“By broadcasting a message that tricks naive freshly evolved civilizations into building a superintelligent machine that hijacks them, a civilization can expand essentially at the speed of light, the speed at which their seductive siren song spreads through the cosmos. Since this may be the only way for advanced civilizations to reach most of the galaxies within their future light cone and they have little incentive not to try it, we should be highly suspicious of any transmissions from extraterrestrials! In Carl Sagan’s book Contact, we Earthlings used blueprints from aliens to build a machine we didn’t understand—I don’t recommend doing this…”
Max Tegmark, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

“The enjoyment of the senses becomes more refined when there’s more purification in a person. The smallest thing can be enjoyed, but the danger lies in wanting it. This wanting — the craving — brings the unsatisfactoriness because the wanting can never be fully satisfied.”
Ayya Khema, Being nobody, going nowhere : meditations on the Buddhist path

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