Updated: 2015-05-05 0746 AM
“They could be shown the mastery of their minds and bodies, so that they could achieve the full expression of their powers, not spend their lives like ineffectual ghosts trapped in a marvelous machine beyond their skill to operate. They could break the domination of pain, so that it became a sentinel and not a tyrant, sending messages which the rational mind could accept or ignore as it pleased. Above all, they could choose to die only when they wished; they would be shown the many paths that led beyond the grave, and the price that must be paid for immortality in all its forms. A vista of infinite time would open up before them, with all its terror and promise. Some minds could face this, some could not; here was the dividing line between those who would inherit the universe, and those who were only quick-witted animals.” ~Arthur C Clarke (Via character.)
A collection of essays and posts pertaining to macroscopic areas of interest with regard to human society and it’s place in reality. Comments deeply appreciated.
What is this place?
This place is somewhere between a book, and a kid, and a punching bag.
It’s where I work out intellectually, emotionally, ethically.
Thank you very much. You’ll see why I say that in a moment.
I was born in 1979 and I am a writer. Underlore.com is the primary home of my work. I have lived all of my life in Kentucky. I have been active on the Internet since 1996 at the latest where I began by debating religion and other large scale social policy and philosophy issues in irc chat rooms, for several hours per day.
Frustratingly I soon found myself saying the same things over and over, and also found many flaws in my own thinking thanks to these debates. Memetic evolution forced me to learn to convert my responses into essay and other semi-permanent, reusable forms as well as learn to error check my work and be aware of cognitive fallacies which made error detection more difficult. To improve my kind of writing entailed improving myself, and my parity with reality though I didn’t see that explicitly at the time.
This general work in amateur information theory influenced my thinking and exposed me to concepts that in turn changed everything else about my worldview. (GEB, ISBN:9780465026562 for example.) See also my Goodreads account linked above.
Trying to error check this kind of work, is akin to trying to perfect it, and leads literally everywhere. It mushroomed into an impossible task to do on my own. Thus my desire to write for as wide an audience as possible, meshed with my desire to write as accurately as possible and my web presence was born, initially not to help people but to leverage their minds as a sort of passive fact checking staff.
This worked splendidly I believe. The quality of my work and of my world view in general has changed radically, and continues to change. Indeed updating all my old work has grown very difficult.
I am a happier and more ethically responsible individual now, as well as far more adaptable intellectually speaking, above and beyond the natural consequences of aging. I am leveraging culture for personal growth. I see being proven wrong now as evidence of that growth. I am comfortable being a permanent work in progress. Though having now recognized the impotence of facts to change opinion has gutted much of my motivation to write, hence my relative inactivity.
I believe that my exposure to so many diverse minds, while both exposing my core values, and retaining an open mind, indeed hoping to be proven wrong as a general principle, has allowed me to evolve as a person far more than I would have without exposure to the Internet and people like yourself. I encourage commentary and debate wherever I speak my mind. But I have also grown weary of having the same debates repeatedly with people who refuse to read links, or indeed even read previous paragraphs.
I just can’t handle it anymore. It’s like debating with an NPC.
So, as I said, thank you.
I soon realized this is a life’s work, and in dealing with so many minds, many of them holding contrary opinions, I had to answer the question of why am I doing what I do. This is part of that answer.
But passive evolution, memetic or genetic, can only go so far, and more importantly can only go in certain directions. We must now turn erosion into sculpture. We must take the wheel, now that we can. It is our responsibility.
And that is why I am strongly sympathetic to transhumanism (as defined simply as the practice of augmenting humanity with technology) and strongly in favor of hastening the singularity and the development and deployment of open source friendly artificial intelligence.
Philosophically the highlights are I am against revenge, and believe that less rules are the general answer, a broad spectrum cure for our social ills. Increased functional freedom (technology) is preferable to decreased social freedom (laws) when it comes to shaping the behavior of the populace for the good of the species.
My goals are absurdly lofty, but fortunately I am far from alone. Ultimately I wish to free myself and humanity from pain and death via ethical means. All other goals are fluid and subordinate to that core principal. I feel a personal responsibility to improve the fate of others without requiring them to become like me, because diversity is strength and a homogeneous population is one that is begging for extinction.
My music habits if anyone’s interested. Mainly video games, and OSTs.
My twitter account. I don’t use it much, but it’s another good way for a stranger to at least make contact with me.
This was/is my “twitfic” offering. It’s crap I know.
This is my YouTube account which I have basically abandoned thanks to their sycophantic devotion to the RIAA/MPAA and complete spinelessness on issues of fair use. For shame Google. You should know better.
Where the majority of my comments on the Internet can be located in their original context.
A catalog of some of the books I have read. I really need to expand this.