On saving the world and other delusions

a repost, but a worthy one

http://thefutureprimaeval.net/on-saving-the-world-and-other-delusions-2/

The nerd’s sense of measuring everything here is a big handicap when it comes to assessing life meaningfulness. Our instincts for impact evolved in a world where only a few dozen people had real agency in your world; you were part of what we’d perceive as a small ingroup by default, and it wouldn’t be too crazy to think you could be one of the most respected and influential people in the known world…

It’s difficult to believe in the sanctity of your own life without a soul.

Death is genetic

Especially in the selfish, so the self-destructiveness of liberals (drugs, homosexuality, abortion, STDs) really is a feature, not a bug.

We already know sexual selection is genetic (r/K, HBD inheritance) so obviously natural is too.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/we-are-programmed-to-die-early-and-thats-a-good-thing

If death is gene-mediated, then who is programmed to live longer, r-types or Ks?

“Bar-Yam and his colleagues are arguing that natural selection actually favors traits that self-limit consumption and reproduction, not selfish maximalism, including lifespan limiting mortality. In other words, organisms may be able to have longer lifespans than they presently do, but natural selection has actually favored individuals that clock themselves out early.”

Unclear. Probably K but the variables are iffy.

They’re partially basing off the false idea that more reproduction is always good/favoured by evolution when actually it was responding to the selection pressure of high mortality. Now mortality is low, they should include quality, the alpha genes for the race between the sexes.
Fitness is not N children, that only applies when there is competition from r-types.

Sexual competition.

In a vacuum, K is superior for a society.

Empires rise with K, die with r.
https://disenchantedscholar.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/rk-is-timeless/

“Aside from August Weismann—who in 1882 did actually argue that death was programmed—it’s because when they considered the effect of evolutionary selection, they were taking averages across organisms and their environments instead of considering each individual organism in its local context. By removing the individual from its particular place or location within a given population, this average ignores the complex relationship between that individual and its environment.”

READ DARWIN.

“By looking at how an individual’s local context affects their fitness, Bar-Yam and his colleagues were able to show that traits which may be an advantage in the short-term (such as an individual’s longevity or ‘selfish’ resource consumption) can actually be a significant disadvantage in the long term, and vice versa.”

Implying it’s bad for the nation, the wider genetic kin group or thede.

Nature is nationalist.

“While this may work out well for the most selfish individuals in the short term, if Bar-Yam and his colleagues are correct it could be cataclysmic for our species in the long run.
“What people do affects their environment and that affects their ability to survive,” said Bar-Yam. “This is something we’re all well aware of today. If you overexploit your resources, you’re going to be in trouble.”‘

MALTHUS, she said, screaming into the void.

“As Bar-Yam points out, if death is genetically programmed, that also means it can probably be hacked.”

The problem with the autistic, they assume they know better than nature. They don’t even know what all these genes do in all conditions and they want to go chopping them out with CRISPR. You know why CF spread? It protects you from TB.

For those who know jack-shit about evolution: the vast majority of mutations are bad, not just bad but fatal (anti-fitness, dysgenic) and that’s why it’s good when nature throws away the genetic equivalent of a shitty doodle on scrunched-up paper. That’s why humans evolved to die quickly, to spread up the overall rate of mutation as a species but also to conserve gains quickly too with shorter generational duration (more breeding in same time).

How many people deserve to live that long? Will it include youth or the shit years, extended for centuries? Who wants to slave away for centuries, cos they can’t financially retire? Biohacking is fraught with technical issues.

The problem of too much free time (let me tell you what to do)

https://aeon.co/conversations/is-free-time-a-blessing-or-a-curse

https://aeon.co/conversations/what-will-people-do-with-their-leisure-time-two-hundred-years-from-now-which-few-or-no-people-do-today-40

https://aeon.co/essays/digital-technology-is-not-to-blame-for-our-hyperfast-lives

Time is the currency. If you can afford to be bored, you’ve won at life. Take up art (probably painting because if it’s crap you get to call it modern and act smug) and Stoicism and enjoy it. Bakadesuyo is a blog that takes all the research findings of social science and presents them like a normal person.

You bump your head on the dopamine ceiling thanks to the hedonic treadmill but you need to seek out challenges and lower your novelty threshold.

I took a look at a little gander of my digital library to recommend you some titles (aside from Meditations and Seneca and the rest of Ol’ Reliable) to pick your brain over;

  • A Guide to the Good Life – the Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  • 501 Challenging Logic and Reasoning Problems
  • An Incomplete Education
  • Big Ideas in Brief
  • From Success to Significance
  • How to be invisible
  • Practical Duct Tape Projects (you laugh but you’re curious)
  • Show me How – 500 things you should know…
  • Steal Like an Artist
  • The Defining Decade
  • The Design of Everyday Things

Yes it’s alphabetical and I am lazy. I’m sure Amazon can recc. you some modern Stoic stuff but I can’t vouch for it unlike Good Life. Go to a bookshop and spin around a few times and see what looks good.

Also, do what I do; dive headfirst into an obscure random topic. Something completely out of your comfort zone and difficulty level. If it puts you off as Too Hard, read it. Today I’m reading about antiques, patina and gilding. I have no idea what half these words are.

yup damon ian somerhalder vampire diaries hot duh yes uhuh

Never bored though.

Link: The nagging voices of the amygdala

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/05/21/embracing-the-nagging-voice-of-success/

Yup….

That’s amygdala irritation.

The combination of fear, self-loathing, irritation, frustration and confusion.
All amygdala flags.
Usually you have a broken productivity schema. You need to find one that settles it down and that includes figuring out what triggers it (usually subconscious doubts).

You know those kids at school who never did the homework? Theirs was practically dead. Too far.
You know the anally-retentive kid who tried to start early (this was me) – too much. Also too far.

You need to learn to be comfortable with a little chaos in your schedule, a little flexibility.
You need to be in good health first, but time management is the #1 Self Improvement Skill anyone should learn, otherwise they can’t learn anything else. They’re fighting an uphill battle against themselves.

Video: What is the most important thing in life?

There is scientific basis for this.

http://www.iev.si/european-ethics-and-values-framework-eevvf/

You must decide. Everyone has a hierarchy of values, a values system, but the order we rank differs.

Closely related, people may have hit this page based on the question:

What is the most important thing in a woman, man or husband/wife?

The most important trait in a spouse? Perfection.
It’s always that one thing.