Why We Should Celebrate When Stumped

London, Vintage, 2004.
You’ll find this hard to believe if you’re hyperactive like me
Signs You’re About to Make a Creative Leap
‘How do great discoveries come about? American physicist and author of the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, and a professor of the sciences and humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studied 30 great discoveries of the 20th century.

‘”When we’re stuck the unconscious mind roams over lots of possibilities, goes outside of the box,” says Lightman. “And so when you’re stuck, instead of giving up, instead of thinking that you failed, you should rejoice. You should celebrate, because you are on the edge of making a discovery and you should honor that, that stuckness and embrace it.”…’

Is Humanity’s Union With Machines Inevitable?
The reality of transcendence with technology and the doubling of humanity
Change is occurring so fast we can’t hold on to any particular thing. It’s sad, therefore painful to me. Is it to you?

‘In our interview, I asked if the nature of this algorithmic lifestyle would rob us of anything central to our humanity. While Tucker feels we have yet to encounter a technology that has made this happen, he pointed out that, “Our sense of humanity can undergo a rapid evolution and this can be disorienting and alienating, creating a feeling of loss. What we’re talking about is a multiplication of humanity across different spaces, and that will feel very strange. But it doesn’t represent a permanent loss—it’s a doubling of humanity.”…’

How much are you willing to sacrifice to gain eternal youth?
The 5 Billionaires Who Want to Live Forever
“Death makes me very angry,” admits Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corporation and the fifth-richest person in the world (his net worth is $43 billion, according to Forbes). “It doesn’t make any sense to me. Death has never made any sense to me…”
And I share—exactly—his sentiment.

‘In 1971, longevity researchers declared that—with proper financing, of course—science would unravel all the mysteries of aging within five years. Five years later, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that “human life could be extended to 800 years.” That same year, an outfit called Microwave Instrument Co. in Del Mar, California, said they’d have immortality drugs on the market within three years. Here we are, decades later, still croaking.

‘Death isn’t easy to contend with. Imagining that we’ll live forever—whether physically or spiritually—is an elemental solace. No matter how wealthy we may be, we still can’t bribe our way out of dying. But that isn’t stopping the these five ultra-rich immortality financiers…’


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