The White Whale Laughs Last
“Movies are about telling the same lies over and over again,” Michael says at one point. “You know, good beats evil, things happen for a reason, attractive people are interesting.”
- Grand Theft Auto V Is a Return to the Comedy of Violence
destroy
You will never know all the answers, the best you can do is destroy the part of you that wants to know all the answers.
Flaubert was right: “Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.”
- Flaubert
Stick A Fork In The Road
As I sit in the airport and watch everyone on their laptops and cel phones, I wonder two things. One, is this how easily we are distracted and that we'd rather interface with machines then other humans? Are we losing that ability? Or is it that these machines are really crude 'external' representations of us wanting to be more connected, not just with each other, but with knowledge. Its crude mental telepathy. Its crude intelligence. Its crude knowledge.

The answer is, its both. As we expand our intelligence, we expand our technology and we need to be careful to use that technology as a tool to continue to expand, and not get too distracted by it. This is our path, for better or worse. The best path is that we move through this period and realize that this was a transition phase to more self realization as a civilization. Worst path is we completely get distracted by the technology and end up become slave to it.

My sense is, no matter how hairy it may get, the human in us will always prevail.
You gotta walk that lonesome valley,
You gotta walk it by yourself,
Nobody here can walk it for you,
You gotta walk it by yourself.
- Lonesome Valley by Woody Guthrie
A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.
- Spider That Builds Its Own Spider Decoys Discovered, Wired.com
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun
- Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice president. - NY TImes
What is matter anyway? It is a number assigned to a type of object that has to do with how that object behaves in a gravitational field. In other words, it is just a rule.
- The Ultimate Destiny of the Nature of Matter is Something Very Familiar, Programmed Reality
Does Alexander know that DMT already exists in the brain as a neurotransmitter? Did his brain experience a surge of DMT release during his coma? This is pure speculation, of course, but it is a far more credible hypothesis than that his cortex “shut down,” freeing his soul to travel to another dimension.
- This Must Be Heaven by Sam Harris, Newsweek
The Common Vision
The common vision is that we keep iterating over the problem until we get it right. Until we solve the puzzle. Until we know the 'one rule to rule them all'. Until we figure out how the whole system works. Which is interesting, because no one told us to do this, its seems baked into the architecture. Which one then might ask, why? Are we actually small programs designed to keep working on the problem, the BIG problem, until we figure it out? That would be a shocker, but would make total sense.
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