“Some people permit themselves to become, in a sense, hypnotized into thinking that their imaginings are actualities.”
“Good, bad or indifferent - the things you repeatedly imagine in vivid detail are accepted as real by your mind.”
“If memory is set up to use the past to imagine the future, its flexibility creates a vulnerability - a risk of confusing imagination with reality.”
“The basic case against free will is this. And again it’s the obverse of self. It’s the other side of the coin where you feel like you’re a thinker of thoughts. You feel like the author of intentions. You feel like you are subject. And commensurate with that feeling is you are in a position to do to decide to, I can lift my left hand, I can lift my right hand. And I can deliberate between the two. And I can have reasons for one and reasons for the other. And I’m in the drivers seat, I really am. And so that’s where everyone’s starting. The problem with that: objectively, everything we know you’re consciously aware of, all your thoughts, intentions, impulses, and your impulses to resist those impulses however whatever’s coming up for you. We know that’s all proceeded by events in your nervous system of which you’re not aware. Of which you didn’t create. And the state of your brain in this moment. Every sense is the product of variables that you are not responsible for. You didn’t pick your parents. You didn’t pick your genes. You didn’t sculpt your genes. You didn’t pick the environment in which your genome was going to be expressed. You didn’t pick the way your interaction with the world, the way people sculpted by the microstructure of your brain so it is to give you the brain you have. You didn’t pick the number of receptors of every type of every synapse you didn’t pick the charges that are currently in place in your brain.“
“If you accept the irreducible existence of consciousness you’re giving up on science, you’re giving up on 300 years of human progress and human hope and all the rest of it.”
“consciousness is a biological phenomenon like photosynthesis, digestion, mitosis, you know all the biological phenomenon — and once you accept that, most, though not all, of the hard problems about consciousness simply evaporate.”
“Consiousness has to become accepted as a genuine biological phenomenon, as much subject to scientific analysis as any other phenomenon in biology, or for that matter, the rest of science”
“You cannot doubt the existence of your own consiousness.” — Decarte
“Consciousness is real and irreducible”
Mind-body problem: All of our consious states without acception, are caused by lower-level neurobiological processes in the brain, and they are realized in the brain as higher-level or system features.
Religious dualist: “ consiousness is not a part of the physical world. It’s a part of the spiritual world. It belongs to the soul. and the soul is not a part of the physical world. That’s the tradition of god, the soul and immortality.
Scientific materialists: “consiousness is not a part of the physical world. Either it doesn’t exist at all or it’s something else. A computer program or some damn fool thing, but in any case it’s not part of science.”
“There’s a sequence of neuron firings and they terminate where the acetylcholine is secreted at the axon end-plates of the motor neurons. When it’s secreted at the axon end-plates of the motor neurons, a whole lot of wonderful things happen in the ion channels.”
“For the first time, we have found a connection between the brainstem region involved in arousal and regions involved in awareness, two prerequisites for consciousness.”
“All of our conscious states without exception, are caused by lower-level neurobiological processes in the brain, and they are realized in the brain as higher-level or system features.”
“Many people are "materialists" which means they follow a philosophy that there is nothing supernatural to mind and consciousness. That they are products of matter and energy like everything else in the Universe. Further materialists believe that mind and consciousness are evolved properties of our biological systems.”
there is no true fact of the matter about who is the “real” continuation of the original person, what matters is at most psychological connectedness.
Hope & Courage
“Because everybody had been told there’s nothing you can do, nobody had tried to do anything and paradoxically that might mean there’s a surprising amount you could if you just tried” - Peter Thiel
“Malcom Gladwell has a book the wisdom of crowds and I think one always has to contrast this with the madness of crowds. And the question of when is the crowd wise and when is it insane.”
“Contrarians are often wrong. But when they’re right, they’re often very right.”
“It’s not that people think your wrong, it’s that they aren’t even thinking about it”
“Humans have always loved organizing themselves in groups. This can be based on appearance, occupation, or wealth. Even if we somehow got rid of a currency driven society, people would still be divided based on their occupation. There will always be jobs that will be considered more distinguished and important. These jobs will likely require more education and inherent intelligence which will lead to distinction from other jobs.”
“Not being fair does not stop it from being there. You might think it’s unfair that John got the job but you didn’t. You might think that Sally should have won the competition. But they didn’t, and it happened for a reason. It could have been biological, it could have been cognitive, it could have been due to a host of other reasons. But there exists a basic similarity between everyone: we’re all different. And if we’re different, then how can we be expected to be treated the same? Social classes exist because we recognize this fact, and as long as two people stand on this Earth, there will be some form of social classification.
“Inevitability of social class. It is human nature to form groups and fight for dominance and we see this through animals as well. Human beings long for power and many people use the idea of becoming part of higher class to motivate them to work harder in life and as proof that they have succeeded in life.”
“Fairness is irrelevant. It’s just life. Sorry. In life, people are born with everything in more, Whilst others are born with nothing more than dirt. It’s just luck of the draw and a relation into the family you’re born with. Society has made it nearly impossible for someone to go from nothing to having everything, much less taking his/her family with them. If people can change their mentality and if society can force itself to change and accept anything, Then things will change. But as things stand as they are, We will never change, And at times, it seems like that’s what this is.”
“Our existence is amazing. Our existence is seems to be amazingly improbable because there’s something like there’s an enormous number genetically possible humans if you could compute it by looking at the number of genes leos and so fourth a back of the envelope calculations will tell you there about 10 to the 10,000th possible humans genetically you know that’s between a google and a google plex. So um the number of the humans that have existed 100 billion maybe 150 billion an infancemile fraction. So all of this we’ve won this amazing cosmic lottery. We’re here.” — Jim Holt Ted Talks “Why Does the Universe Exist”
“The earth is the only world so far to harbour life. There is no where else at least in the near future which our species could migrate. Visit? Yes. Settle? Not yet. Like it or not, the earth is where we make our stand. It is said that Astronomy is a humbling and character building experience.” - Carl Sagan
“If you don’t know something there’s no crime in that maybe you didn’t study it maybe you didn’t spend 16 years in school and you spent only 12 or 20 years in school as some people do to get advanced degrees so as an educator I will never hold someones absence of knowledge against them. The problem arises if you have an absence of knowledge and you either know or worse don’t know you have this absence of knowledge and then you have power over legislation that should be informed by that knowledge and is not and then you come to it aggressively in your ignorance that is a recipe for societal disaster.”
“So part of what it is to be educated is to have a keen sense of when you don’t know something and you either do the homework yourself you know just because you’re not in school doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t do homeowkr alright? Just becuase you’re not in school doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep learning. So that’s an obvious point the viewers of book TV ofcourse. But for the general population consider how many people you know who might have run down the steps.”
“When you and I have this conversation, we both grew up from a similar background. We grew up in the United States, we’re both white, they’re similar things that we share in common. Therefore, our conversation has a certain bound of surprise. It’s unlikely I’m going to say something that’s going to shock you out of you chair because your pretty familiar with my rough structure of intelligence. But an Artificial Intelligence is an entirely foreign form of intelligence. While we try to build our values and intelligence into that thing. It’s not necessary if you just let it run the output is going to be what we expect.”
“We can’t extend our thinking behind what we’re currently familiar with.”
Bryan continued, “Only through this coevolutionary approach can we amplify our intelligence...so going back to my girlfriends creation of music. When she’s playing with this AI, back and fourth in this coevolutionary process, it can give her beats that she would never get from another human because it’s combined all kinds of things that are foreign to us. And so that beauty and that co-creative process.”
“You want to pick an issue where it both does some good on its own,” he says, “and at the same time helps draw awareness to a broader set
”People don’t like thinking about getting old and sick. They pretend it’s not going to happen, until it does.”
”The body changes, the mind doesn’t.”
“But we all know that at some level its an illusion. Money isn’t even gold or paper today, it’s 0’s and 1’s in banking computers. What is it? It’s like a shape shifter or a canvas. It assumes whatever meaning or emotion we project on it. In the end, money isn’t what we’re after. It is it? I mean think about it. What do we really, really want. What are the feelings and the emotions we think money will create for us. The feeling of empowerment, or freedom, or security, or of helping those we love and those in need. Or just of having choice. Or the feeling of being alive. Money is certainly one of the ways we can turn the dreams we have into the reality we live. But even if money is just a perception, an abstract concept. It doesn’t feel that way when you don’t have enough of it. I’ve been there I bet you have too. And one’s thing for sure, you either use money or it uses you. You either master money or on some level money masters you. How you deal with money reflects with how you deal with power. It’s an affliction or a blessing. A gain or a burden.” — Tony Robbins
”men and women haven’t changed for 10,00 years.”
We’ve gone from clubbing each other with stones to shooting each other with automatic weapons
The crazy people have all figure out how the media works and the smart people are sitting there on the side going like I’m too good for that, I don’t like it, or they think that because they’re right that’s enough. You also have to understand how to get attention for your ideas. Understand how social media works. How to generate, attention.