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On Morality
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* Gay marriage should be legal everywhere
-* Marijuana should be legal
* Being good is in our nature (being evil requires misinformation or partial information)
* Abortion should be legal
* Assisted suicide should be legal
* Health care should be available to everyone who needs it
* The death penalty should be used in extreme and certain cases to protect the public
* Prisons should be about protecting the public, not about punishing the criminal
* The world's average morality is improving as it becomes more connected
+* Marijuana should be legal to grow, sell, buy, and carry
On Spirituality
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* Intention can't create reality (it just changes our perception of it)
* Astrology is entertainment
* Magic and miracles don't exist
-* There is no afterlife
+* There is no heaven/hell
@endquote

endquote Nov 29, 2012

This seems like a pretty remarkable change of course. Did you get religion?

@busterbenson

busterbenson Nov 29, 2012

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No. But I have a suspicion that we're all living in a simulation. Which most likely means that we don't get to step out of the simulation, but I didn't want to rule out life outside of the simulation though (regardless of whether or not we will ever know about it).

* We don't have a purpose given to us, but we can make one up
On Science
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On Health
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-* We can change our behavior and habits (it's not as easy as it seems)
+* We can change our behavior and habits (it requires a lot of energy)
* Consistently eating well and exercising is the only way to be sustainably healthy
-* Acupuncture works, but I have no idea how
+* Acupuncture works, somehow
@1stvamp

1stvamp Nov 29, 2012

No, it doesn't. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2009/05/19/acupuncture-penetration-needles.html

Studies are usually just flawed, but as in above there have been real double blind studies showing it has no greater effect than placebo, making it most likely the placebo effect at work.

@busterbenson

busterbenson Nov 29, 2012

Owner

I haven't used acupuncture for pain relief. I believe it works on something more holistic than that.

@fromonesrc

fromonesrc Nov 29, 2012

I had seasonal allergies and pet allergies. Tears, sneezing, itchy face. 15 acupuncture sessions combined with Neuro Emotional Therapy and allergies were gone. Completely gone.

* Vaccinations are good for babies and society
On Technology
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* Computers will be building better computers than humans by 2050 (the Singularity)
-* Humans, computers, and Earth will evolve into a super organism by 2200
+* Humans, computers, and Earth will evolve into a super organism by 2200 (if we're still around)
* Humans that embrace change (and give up some of their humanity) will survive the Singularity
-* Technology will eventually disrupt all other human-created institutions (politics, religion, identity)
+* Technology will eventually disrupt all other human-created institutions (politics, religion, identity, economics)
On The Self
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* Free will is mostly an illusion (but does exist in limited form)
* Pure altruism is an illusion (but kindness is not)
-* We tell stories in order to deduce and remember meaning
+* We tell stories in order to create and remember meaning
@ginatrapani

ginatrapani Nov 29, 2012

How profound a change, in just 5 letters.

@busterbenson

busterbenson Nov 29, 2012

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Yeah, that's why I had to change it. I never meant to imply that there was meaning to find. :)

* Consciousness is the result of a feedback loop between our story-making cortex and our subconscious (ain't it nice though?)
* Giving up our privacy and individuality in exchange for better connection will be the norm by 2050
On Logic
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-* Most questions have no answer (asking them anyway is sometimes entertaining, but nothing else)
+* Most questions have no answer (asking them anyway is sometimes entertaining, but nothing else)
* Logic is a helpful tool, but has flaws and can't be relied on entirely
-On Aliens & Space Travel
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+On Aliens & Time/Space Travel
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* Aliens exist
* Non-carbon-based life forms exist
* Space travel throughout the universe is probably entirely the domain of robots and cyborgs
+* Forwards time-travel is possible, but backwards is not
@mgalpert

mgalpert Nov 29, 2012

have you seen Looper :P

@busterbenson

busterbenson Nov 29, 2012

Owner

I have, I liked it. I just don't think it's possible (Stephen Hawkings convinced me).

* I haven't entirely ruled out a Matrix-like origin story for the universe
On Education
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On Politics & The Economy
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-* Most jobs lost in 2008-present aren't going to come back, they have to be created from scratch
+* Most jobs lost in 2008-present aren't going to come back, new ones have to be created from scratch
+* In the future, working will be more thoroughly decoupled from having the means to live
* We'll have a President that admits to being atheist or agnostic by 2025
-* Power should be redistributed when it gets too heavy at the top
+* Power will be more quickly redistributed when it gets too heavy at the top
On Biases
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4 comments on commit c2df95a

This is really inspring @busterbenson. Thinking about doing the same now.

Owner

busterbenson replied Nov 29, 2012

Awesome! Yes, if you do, let me know... trying to start a trend here. :)

@busterbenson have you written an RFC or public standard I can use to create my own. ;)

Owner

busterbenson replied Nov 29, 2012

@joestump Just fork what I've got here and start editing! :)

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