Article: Survival of the Richest

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Article: Survival of the Richest

Post by Mr. G » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:08 pm

Survival of the Richest - The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind by Douglas Rushkoff

That’s when it hit me: At least as far as these gentlemen were concerned, this was a talk about the future of technology. Taking their cue from Elon Musk colonizing Mars, Peter Thiel reversing the aging process, or Sam Altman and Ray Kurzweil uploading their minds into supercomputers, they were preparing for a digital future that had a whole lot less to do with making the world a better place than it did with transcending the human condition altogether and insulating themselves from a very real and present danger of climate change, rising sea levels, mass migrations, global pandemics, nativist panic, and resource depletion. For them, the future of technology is really about just one thing: escape.

https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/surviv ... f6cddd0cc1
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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
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Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

Post by Queequeg » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:27 pm

Mr. G wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:08 pm
Survival of the Richest - The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind by Douglas Rushkoff

That’s when it hit me: At least as far as these gentlemen were concerned, this was a talk about the future of technology. Taking their cue from Elon Musk colonizing Mars, Peter Thiel reversing the aging process, or Sam Altman and Ray Kurzweil uploading their minds into supercomputers, they were preparing for a digital future that had a whole lot less to do with making the world a better place than it did with transcending the human condition altogether and insulating themselves from a very real and present danger of climate change, rising sea levels, mass migrations, global pandemics, nativist panic, and resource depletion. For them, the future of technology is really about just one thing: escape.

https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/surviv ... f6cddd0cc1
Well, duh.

If you had the money, what would you do after taking a good hard look at all the morons around you?
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

I think each human being has things to find out in his own life that are inescapable. They’ll find them out the easy way or the hard way, or whatever.
-Jerry Garcia

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Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

Post by Wayfarer » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:02 am

that's a good article. Inevitable in a culture dominated by Darwinian metaphors.
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Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

Post by Tenma » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:42 am

Wayfarer wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:02 am
that's a good article. Inevitable in a culture dominated by Darwinian metaphors.
What's wrong with Darwin? Don't see anything wrong with evolution.

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Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

Post by Queequeg » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:06 am

Nothing wrong with evolution. It's when evolution is contrived as a social philosophy that it becomes grotesque.

Besides though... Evolution is not as simple as Darwin proposed. Apparently learned adaptations do get passed in the genes. How we live does change the course of our species.
Those who, even with distracted minds,
Entered a stupa compound
And chanted but once, “Namo Buddhaya!”
Have certainly attained the path of the buddhas.

-Lotus Sutra, Expedient Means Chapter

I think each human being has things to find out in his own life that are inescapable. They’ll find them out the easy way or the hard way, or whatever.
-Jerry Garcia

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Re: Article: Survival of the Richest

Post by joy&peace » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:12 pm

Darwinian evolution doesn't indicate that humans should not be kind to each other; not in any way or form.

Kindness is for example, understood as tremendously beneficial; in our day and age we know this.

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