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Randall Lee Reetz
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A transhumanist idiot recently accused me of being a Gaia mystic… my response is as follows:

Well lets see… I'm a rock hard atheist. I say exactly the truth. I leave nothing out. I don't lie. So no.

My beef with transhumanists and space cultists, and singularians, and tech raptureists of every stripe, (libertarians included), is exactly as I've outlined and explained over and over again… I hate self centered elitism in any form. I hate selfishness. I hate existentialism. I hate self delusion and hubris. And mostly I hate that these new technology centric belief systems are so easily confused with science. I hate how the public is, in the presence of transhumanism and the other tech rapture bullshit, so easily confused about what science is and isn't. The resulting confusion erodes the potency of science as an institution and as a part of our cultural infrastructure. The more science is seen to be associated with this tech rapture bullshit, the more its hard earned authority and integrity is compromised. Science is the anti-hubris, the anti-existentialism, the anti-subjective, the anti-self centered, the anti-rhetoric, the anti-philosophy, the anti-zealotry, the anti-mysticism, the anti-metaphysics… so when people wave the science flag while attempting to build their own heaven or paradise or existential escape route to the exact same immortality omnipresence and limitless power omnipotence that has birthed religion, spirituality, and mysticism of every stripe… I stand up and point at the new naked emperor and say so for all to hear. Religious raptures were bad enough, but they were a come-one-come-all affair. They didn't have a budget. They were never confused with visceral causal reality or with the pursuit of knowledge of what is, they were never confused with science. Fuck Gaia… it is mysticism full stop… but nobody is confused. Nobody thinks Gaia is a scientific theory. But transhumanists and singularians and space cultists and tech raptureists want that the public confuse their little shopping trip at the existential mall… you guys want everyone to think you are doing and exemplifying science. I know better. I'm here to make that important distinction glass transparent and obvious. So no asshole, I'm not a mystic of any type, and I'm certainly not a Gaia woo head. Try reading instead what I write. I'm robust and clear in my attack on bullshit in every form. I will defend science. Science is the one human practice that seeks to separate subjectivity from objectivity. Science is never about me. That's the whole point idiot. Transhumanism is all about the practitioner. So by definition, transhumanism is anti-science. I will expose your anti science bullshit. I am exposing your anti science bullshit. I have exposed your anti science bullshit.
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Alex the African grey was asked to pronounce words by syllable… "SAND - PA - PER, sandpaper". But Alex was hungry and wanted a nut. So Alex said, "I want a nut, NU - UT, nut!"
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I'd love to go Mano a Mano with mr. space fanatic. This morning's San Jose mercury fluff piece says Musk doesn't like limits… but I can't imagine anything more limiting than a dead planet further from the sun, with almost zero atmosphere, and even less water. Nuts. Zealotry is apparently ok if you are ultra rich?

Imagine instead if we lived in a world where one's responsibility to the future was expected to be proportional to one's access to resources. By what casually compliant theory would musk argue that sending 6 people to mars was the single most potent use of 50 billion dollars? 
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Um, did I mention that mr Musk's idea of being a disruptive innovator is to open a bank, start a car company, and build rockets? Somehow we are to believe that retracing the history of early to mid 20'th century industry is innovative?
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We're living along side the most powerful tool ever built: the computer. Its existence and the continued exponential growth of its power, should urge in us the question: What is the most potent use of this uniquely powerful tool?
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No, no I can't.

Does it matter?
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So… lets say that someone asked you to describe the very most potent use of computational power – what would you tell them?
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I would venture that prediction is the immediate and its presence alters the landscape from which change transpires in the eventual. I would say that prediction is equivalent to environment. I would say that prediction is equivalent to intelligence and is what evolution uses to out-compete for influence into the largest future.
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I "have win" $1,700,000 from the UN! Scams on google+
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My Epic Battle with Epic Battles
Hey, I just finished reading "The Martian" by Andy Weir. I'm a "hard scifi" guy so this was all of the nuts and bolts of future as drama and none of the fantasy crap that makes me turn and run. And talk about hard, this book is simply a diary of a botanist/engineer guy left for dead on Mars during a dust storm that scrubs a mission sending his mates home after just a few days of their planned multi-month stay. If you like real life disaster adventure books like "Into Thin Air" and "Adrift", you will love the ultra realistic staying-alive-through-problem-solving this guy struggles through. If you want dragons and green skinned babes serving ancient masters wearing viking garb… don't read "The Martian".

All that said…

I am asking myself why I care. I am dead against the spending of any money on a manned space program. So what is it that makes me want to read about same? Its embarrassing. Its embarrassing and ultimately, detrimental to evolution itself that we have the tendency to use our great big outer cortex on projects thought up by our lizard brains.

Is it possible to satisfy my lizard self through pulp literary non-sense so that I might have a clearer head for more potent and less self-centered thinking? Or does reading about mars missions simply make me more vulnerable to lizard-think by further burning-in my lizard-think connection graph?
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Lets say you were given only 1000 lines of code to write and those 1000 lines of code had to have the greatest influence over the greatest sweep of the largest future… what would you write?

Your next 1000 lines of code ARE this crucial. Doesn't matter IF you recognize this FACT. That's what evolution IS and what "fitness" ultimately favors.
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What you are doing is what you are doing with your life
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From the Onion er, the BBC…
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"Families of missing flight passengers just hoping media gets closure it needs."
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Isn't that the truth.
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Consulting at the intersection of computation, self evolving systems, decentralized node based computing, artificial intelligence,
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Rapid Software Prototyping, Interface and Interaction Design, Information Access and Navigation Environments, Universal Simulation Environments,Thermodynamics-based Evolution Theory, Self-Evolving Intelligence
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What matters is what matters, knowing what matters matters the most.
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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
I block all Google+'ers who don't share a full profile (including a comprehensive "Introduction" section), a full legal name, a recent and accurate photo, a means of direct communication, or who use this forum for purposes other than honest and serious discussions of real issues. I also block people who rarely or never post their own original thoughts in their own words.

PASSIONS AND MOTIVATIONS
Darwin did a fair job defining the HOW of evolution – within the domain of biology. But the scope of evolution is far larger than the bounds of biology.

I seek a domain independent understanding of evolution. I seek the WHY of evolution. Why does complexity increase in pockets? Complexity is energy and configuration expensive. In a universe that can only get more and more simple, maximal complexity is the fastest path towards the deepest eventuality. Evolution is the process by which the universe iteratively computes the shortest path from all here and now's to the asymptote that is heat death.

The ultimate fate of the universe is set and unavoidable. The only variable is the rate at which it gets there. Configurations that maximize this rate dominate the energy flow within their environment and thus have the greatest influence over the shape of change. You can only maximize energy flow to the extent with which you understand it.  Knowledge and the processing of knowledge is what evolution in any universe will produce.

You can get better and better at knowing how the universe works and why – or you can become food for systems that do. There is no other option.

THE EMPIRICAL CREED
ALL of my theory work is Standard Model Compliant. If a measurement has been taken, I assume that the result MUST be considered valid. Furthermore, ALL theory must agree with ALL measurement and with ALL measurement confirmed theory – period. No exceptions. This is the solemn oath we take before we engage in the scientific process.
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Have worked for 11 companies that have burnt through all of their money within a year and a half.
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Evolution as entropy
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"By combining recent advances in the physical sciences with some of the novel ideas, techniques, and data of modern biology, this book attem

Funny Jokes and Quotes
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Funny Jokes and Inspiring Quotes :)

Computation Language Information Nature Evolution
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Promoting a scientific exploration of the causal emergence of complexity.

COMPLEXITY METRIC
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COMPLEXITY METRIC. Change increases entropy. The only variable; how fast the Universe falls towards chaos. Determining this rate is the comp

The CLINE Challenge - Computation Language Intelligence Nature and Evol...
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CLINE was established to encourage and facilitate the scientific exploration of the intersection of computation, language, information, comp

50'000€ Prize for Compressing Human Knowledge
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50'000€ Prize for Compressing Human Knowledge by Marcus Hutter