It comes down to whether you’re willing to take this risk, and it turns out that, empirically, almost no one is willing to do that. That seems to be the way humans are. That’s why the human species and all other large species are in very great danger.
I cannot overemphasize this point enough: the minimum dosage time for information to change minds is somewhere between 20 minutes to 10 hours — orders of magnitude longer than the 30 seconds most people spend reading an article.
Humanity’s obsession with the End is a reflection of our innate fear of death. It is not acceptable to us that we dwindle away into obscurity, shaped by the faulty memories of those who come after us. A far better fate, thinks the apocalyptic, is to be remembered as a valiant warrior in the last bat…
This pathology — our pathology—is the worst reality of our current crisis. There’s a reason George Washington was against political parties. It wasn’t the idea of parties. It was the idea of partisanship überalles. That is the world we now have.