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November 06 2013

Only successful people say failure is necessary, because anyone who has truly failed in a meaningful, unrecoverable way would advise you to stay away from that shit at all costs.
Frank Chimero × The Inferno of Independence
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September 05 2013

You and I face the difficult choice of trading meaning for money; we weigh the searing moments of real human accomplishment against the soul-sucking "work" of earning the next car payment by polishing up another meaningless PowerPoint deck packed with tactics to win games whose net result is the creation of little of real value for much of anyone who's not a sociopath.

This is the deepest kind of theft; not merely prosperity having been looted from societies, but significance having been stolen from human lives. [...] Detonate this toxic trade-off – [...] rebel against it and forge better opportunities.

[Let's] patch up this clapped out, wheezing train wreck of a so-called economy, so that there's not a sharp, painful trade off between meaning and money; [forge] an "economy" in which material wealth roughly, crudely lines up with meaning; in which "profit" reflects real human benefit delivered (instead of how many towns and lives you've looted this quarter).
Making the Choice Between Money and Meaning - Umair Haque
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August 22 2011

Life expectancy increases slightly every year as treatment strategies and technologies improve. At present, more than one year of research is required for each additional year of expected life. Actuarial escape velocity occurs when this ratio reverses, so that life expectancy increases faster than one year per year of research.
Indefinite lifespan - Wikipedia
Tags: wonder life death
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July 09 2011

My job, on any given day, is doing something which makes me happy – for a complex definition of “happy”, which includes things not strictly related to me, such as “Is the world better for this having been done?” and “Are the people who matter to me well taken care of if I do this?” 
Kalzumeus Software: How Running A Business Changes The Way You Think
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July 22 2010

It’s not enough to simply take the smartest kids and make them smarter. What’s just as important is teaching these young people to seek out strangers, to resist the tug of self-similarity and homogenization. Diversity can seem like a such a vague and wishy-washy aspiration, but it comes with measurable benefits. To the extent our meritocratic institutions diminish our social diversity – are your college buddies just like you? – they might actually make us less likely to succeed.
The Secret of Successful Entrepreneurs | Wired.com
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Someone who does you an injury hurts you twice: first by the injury itself, and second by taking up your time afterward thinking about it. If you learn to ignore injuries you can at least avoid the second half. I've found I can to some extent avoid thinking about nasty things people have done to me by telling myself: this doesn't deserve space in my head.
Paul Graham: The Top Idea in Your Mind
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Be careful what you let become critical to you. ... Take a shower. What topic do your thoughts keep returning to? If it's not what you want to be thinking about, you may want to change something.
Paul Graham: The Top Idea in Your Mind
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June 21 2010

A few times a year, I spontaneously decide that I'm ready to be a real adult. ... I sit myself down and tell myself how I'm going to start cleaning the house every day and paying my bills on time and replying to emails before my inbox reaches quadruple digits. Schedules are drafted. Day-planners are purchased. I stock up on fancy food because I'm also planning on morphing into a master chef and actually cooking instead of just eating nachos for dinner every night.  I prepare for my new life as an adult like some people prepare for the apocalypse.
The first day or two of my plans usually goes okay...
Hyperbole and a Half: This is Why I'll Never be an Adult
Ouch, this is hilarious because it feels familiar. Also read the HN discussion.

November 23 2008

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.
Margot Fonteyn
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November 17 2008

[Real rebellion] doesn't feel like going to school dressed in black. It feels like going to school wearing a clown suit.

Joining a rebellion that everyone knows about is scary, but nowhere near as scary as doing something really differently.
Overcoming Bias: Lonely Dissent
via Derek Sivers
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September 30 2008

One of the failure modes I've come to better understand in myself since observing it in others, is what I call, "living in the should-universe".  The universe where everything works the way it common-sensically ought to, as opposed to the actual is-universe we live in.  There's more than one way to live in the should-universe, and outright delusional optimism is only the least subtle.
Overcoming Bias: Above-Average AI Scientists

August 31 2008

I’d rather be me, right now, right here, than any other human —emperor, king, sultan, noble, philosopher, artist, scientist, genius,...— from any time before, any place. We have been humans for some 15 thousands years and there’s no time past I’d rather be at.

I don’t mean this as some outburst of excitement, it’s just a calm realization that dawned on me a while ago, out of the blue—a surprising measure of the reality of progress, the splendor of the present, the promise of the future.
elzr: I'd rather

August 28 2008

What is true is already so.
Owning up to it doesn't make it worse.
Not being open about it doesn't make it go away.
And because it's true, it is what is there to be interacted with.
Anything untrue isn't there to be lived.
People can stand what is true,
for they are already enduring it.
— Eugene Gendlin via Overcoming Bias
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July 24 2008

Rebellion is almost as stupid as obedience. In either case you let yourself be defined by what they tell you to do.
Paul Graham
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if you're trying to choose between two theories and one gives you an excuse for being lazy, the other one is probably right.
Paul Graham, not talking about religion
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June 13 2008

What is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas.

If you are only skeptical, ... you never learn anything new. ... On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility ..., then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.

If all ideas have equal validity then you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all.
— Carl Sagan

May 05 2008

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
— Robert Anthony
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