Context for The Bible, Man as Machine, and Simulation Theory

Recently I listened to a discussion on the Simulation Theory - the idea that all of reality is an artificial program or computer simulation, like being plugged in to the Matrix. The theory addresses the nature of our existence, which we think of as asking "What am I doing here?".

Treating the Symptoms of EVERYTHING

The problem with equating low growth and stagnation as sickness is that when searching for solutions the underlying narrative infects our approach. In the case of Climate Change, to say that the planet is sick and dying implies that intervention is needed to prevent immenent death. On the surface this is intuitively accurace, but we …

“Post-Covid Economic Man”

In February 2020 the personal savings rate in the US hovered around 8% before skyrocketing to nearly 35% in April 2020 before settling back down over the summer. The first spike coincides with the onset of the pandemic - the lockdowns, layoffs, and first stimulus payment of $1200 (plus $500 for dependents). The spike in …

Reward/Development biases and the birthrate issue

One cause for the concern of stagnation and potential decline is the flat birthrate in the United States. Since 1971 the rate has remained virtually unchanged at 1.64. The replacement rate, to prevent the population from shrinking, is 2.1. I'm ignoring immigration for the time being. American adoption of foreign-born children is slightly higher than …

Meaningless flying cars

A neat metaphor for Americas current "crisis" of stagnation comes courtesy of Peter Thiel, contrarian billionaire venture-capitalist: We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.. It's initially intriguing, but in a scrolling-past-on-reddit sort of way. Thiel has a large soapbox and a good Silicon Valley Insider resume (co-founder of PayPal, initial investor in Facebook). …

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