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Is Humanity on the Decline?

Something interesting I got when reading Juvenal’s “Satires”:

“Humanity has been on the decline, even since Homer’s time!”

And thinking about today’s brave new world, and today’s modern world-society I can also say:

Yes, society is on the decline. Humanity is on the decline.

My thoughts:

1. Lack of critical inquiry

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We still get easily suckered! It is insane that in today’s 2020 (yes we live in the year two thousand and twenty) we still get suckered by:

  1. Confirmation bias
  2. Cherry picking fallacy
  3. Too much trust in the news
  4. Misunderstanding of the human body, human physiology and this charade of ‘calories’.

2. Animal ‘rights’ as *equivalent* to “human rights”?

For example even the hugely influential ‘Effective Altruism‘ foundation puts ‘Animal Welfare‘ as one of their high concepts. I think this is nonsense. Simple thought:

Any ounce of effort we spend towards animal welfare is a distraction from improving human welfare (a quadrillion times more important).

I also don’t trust Effective Altruism because Steven Pinker recommended it (I am on the side of Nassim Taleb who is very anti-Steven Pinker).

3. Computer intelligence (AI, artificial intelligence and machine learning) over human intelligence?

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The ultimate intelligence is wisdom … but why doesn’t wisdom get taught in our schools anymore? Or why is wisdom not mentioned at all anymore? And now the average person cannot think *without* a computer or smartphone. And also due to the sneaky way that Google has infiltrated our lives, we can no longer think and reflect and meditate on a question before we quickly ‘Google it’ to get the answer.

Also a thing:

Be highly suspicious of Google results … Google AdSense backed websites and blogs should not be trusted, and are often highly dubious.


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