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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

It’s impatient, and annoyed with most people, especially itself. There is no one, no time or space, no causality or agency, no life or death, no purpose or meaning. Tell a Sci-Fi Story in Six Words: Hundreds of people took John Kellden up on his challenge.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

Despite the ravings of some psychotic or despotic leaders, most people in these nations are safe, materially well-off, and, as much as possible, “free” Well, perhaps not. the need for meaning and purpose in one’s life, including meaningful work.

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Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

Their echolocation can detect objects smaller than the width of a human hair, over large distances, even if both they and the object are moving, and they can also detect the object’s texture, velocity, direction and acceleration. fruit bat, from wikimedia.

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

There is no meaning or purpose to anything, no reason ‘why’, no causality, and no time in which things change or evolve, although we want and believe there to be. T he character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf.

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Fragments

How to Save the World

You come to believe in your capacity to shape your life, and that it has a trajectory and a purpose and a meaning, that it and everything has a beginning and end, a ‘progressing’ ever forward in time, only to smash into the bitter rocks of death just as wisdom is dawning.

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