5. Murmuration

ARE YOU LIVING IN A COMPUTER SIMULATION? BY NICK BOSTROM Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University Published in Philosophical Quarterly (2003) Vol. 53, No. 211, pp. 243-255. [www.simulation-argument.com] ABSTRACT This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” […]

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3. Alignment

Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. There are a million little strings attached to every choice you make. You can destroy your life every time you choose. But maybe you won’t know for twenty years! And you may never ever trace it to its source. […]

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2. Separation

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened. – Douglas Adams Until you travel to that […]

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4. Cohesion

In recent years, a number of articles proposed mathematical models for emergent phenomena. This is the case, for instance, for the flocking of birds or the schooling of fish. In particular… a model was proposed for flocking and it was proved that under certain conditions on the initial positions and velocities of the birds, flocking […]

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Ave Atque Vale

If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule? – Anton Chigurh, No Country for Old Men, Cormack McCarthy In the End, the Eschaton awakened just in time to behold the Great Conflagration.  It regarded the Miserable Remnant coolly and without sympathy.  Its consideration spanned the entire history of […]

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1. Aftermath

About suffering they were never wrong, The old Masters: how well they understood Its human position: how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially […]

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Part 3

Ultima Ratio Regum 1.  Aftermath 2. Separation 3. Alignment 4. Cohesion 5. Murmuration

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5. Anti-Christ

Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. ― Arthur C. Clarke Chaos reigns. – The Fox, Antichrist, Lars Von Trier And I looked, and beheld a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. – The […]

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4. Entropy

You know, entropy is associated…with disorder. And in an analogous way, information is associated with disorder, which seems paradoxical. But when you think about it, a bit of information is a surprise. If you already knew what the message contained, there would be no new information in it. – James Gleick Turning and turning in […]

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3. Wormwood

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood. – Revelation of St. John, 8:10-11, King James Bible Gravity explains […]

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