Mildly Controversial Thoughts for Further Exploration

The singularity is past. We’re already living in a collective consciousness with behaviors exceeding the capacity of any human or machine to understand, because that collective has intelligence exceeding our own by definition.

Death makes life valuable. In having a fixed lifetime, every moment living becomes precious, because every decision must be the absolute best. There’s no time to screw around with a short life. This is a good thing, so I embrace my mortality.

What you get done is more important than what you do. Leverage the work of others and become someone who causes useful things to get done. At the end of the day, nobody really cares how much work you put into something yourself. Results are it.  (This is the theme of the Four Hour Workweek and of most texts on executive management.)

People want to belong to a system. Systems can be designed and programmed.

Education gives the best returns. Few things can improve GDP as having a well-educated populace. Compare wealth generation for immigrant cultures with a strong educational focus to those that do not for a clear demonstration.

Humans think in stories. Everything is a story, from business to love to travel. Learn to tell a good story and listen to others’ stories.

The devil is in the determinism. You can and do affect the future and the fate of the world. You are writing your own destiny; make it a good one.

Consistency is more important than correctness. People can deal with predictable systems even if they are flawed – bugs have workarounds when understood. But non-deterministic issues, even if minor, will drive people batshit crazy. Separately, this is why people like drinking Coke and eating McDonald’s even if they know it is terrible – they appreciate the consistency.

Author: dweekly

I like to start things. :)

2 thoughts on “Mildly Controversial Thoughts for Further Exploration”

  1. David Weekly for president! You think like an old philosopher. You are too busy & intelligent to run for president of the US but you could run a large corporation or a university. I saw you on the Science Channel so checked out your blog. It is reassuring to know someone like you is running the internet.

  2. I love this! Write more like this… 😛

    I’m not sure I agree the singularity is past, but I will agree it the start of it is past. Even if it is past, what’s next?

    “What you get done is more important than what you do” seems in perfect alignment with the Druckerism “focus on what you can contribute, not what you can achieve.”

    Regarding determinism, it’s been a struggle for me to deny the obviously deterministic behavior of the universe when a teleological model seems to be much more rewarding as purposeful beings ourselves. Free will could be an illusion, but so could determinism. Is the glass half full or half empty? In reality it’s both, but one perspective is definitely more *useful* than the other. Right?


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