“Nothing appears more surprising… than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.… force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore, on opinion only that government is founded, and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the freest and most popular.”
May 30th 2020 the SpaceX Falcon heavy rocket launched Dragon 2 into orbit. At the same time, in the wake of police brutality, 30+ cities erupted in protest and the authorities cracked down on the citizens. America is locked in a contest between asinine exceptionalism and exceptional aspiration. Winner takes the future.
Universal Basic Income is going to happen. Sooner or later. The real question is whether it'll be truly universal and without strings or whether it's weaponized by authority into a control mechanism. If the latter is what happens, we can kiss democracy goodbye. Forever.
"See it. Mock it. Dismiss it." It's an authority-enabling response that dominates social media and for some it's become how they respond to everything. It perpetuates a polarized confirmation bias that's reducing society to in-group out-group stagnation. It's encouraged and exploited by politicized clickbait media. As individuals, it's up to us to resist these lazy instincts twisted to serve the agenda of authoritarian divide-and-rule.
"Nowadays opinions are like podcasts. Everybody's got one." Why do so many say they feel better staying ignorant, rejecting change, than embracing knowledge, learning expertise, accepting change as part of an evolving mind?
For us human beings, born primate, bred storyteller, we are terribly mismatched with our technological future. Here's a 60 second definition of the fundamental science versus story contradiction.
First test pre-episode of UBERCYNIC podcast. Topic is reality in under a minute.
Social media is a quixotic chain gang, prisoners shackled together by some antithesis of merit - failed wannabe artists, lazy scavengers of other people's renown - craving the recognition talent might have brought them, to fill the void of unfulfilled sociopath self-regard.
They say the self is an illusion and as proof ask: "Where is the actual you?" The brain? But not all brains are conscious. The soul? No evidence exists. What if the very question is missing the point, made meaningless by assumptions about sentience that run contrary to fact? Consider this hypothesis...