FOMO, FUD, and the Human Condition

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Cultural memes about a specific phenomenon can give us general insight to the human condition. Cryptocurrency is characterized by volatile valuations that are endured by loyalists in the name of privacy, decentralization, and, if you’re lucky, a lambo.   Like any new enterprise, crypto creates neologisms (or neoacronymisms, to be more precise). Two of the […]

Come Wander and Wonder with Us

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Discover the grandeur of Sedona’s resplendent red rock country, and take a deep dive into your own personal life. What is happiness in my life? What does success look like for me? Why is success important? By asking and answering questions like this, getting a better understanding of your own inner life is just a […]

Specs on SPEX

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Here at SPEX, we love to look at life in all of its dimensions. However, you might be wondering what is SPEX? We are a friendly, fun group of philosophers who love being out in nature as much asking the big questions in life. Taking a tour with SPEX will give you a better understanding […]

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Zuckerberg and Musk are both right about AI

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, recently said: I am optimistic. I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic. Source: Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI | Ars Technica I agree. But with every new technology, starting with the very first hominid who picked […]

Being Tender and the Beauty Way – Reminders from Laurie Anderson

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Death makes us think about life. Laurie Anderson’s documentary/art film Heart of a Dog invites us to think about both. These serious subjects are balanced by an approach that is both comic and courageous. Anderson is brutally, and beautifully, honest. But she’s not necessarily easy to follow. That’s why I’m glad I watched the interview […]