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The General “42 Answer”

We have been asked more than once why we do not always back up our words and even numerical statements with references, and do not sufficiently argue our often shocking statements. Why are we so unapologetic, while offering a quite practical framework for development?

The short answer is: When in Rome do as the Romans do.

Expanded Answer

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Suppose we give, say, a relevant link to Wikipedia. And there, they just changed the definition of recession when the recession came to the U.S., so that recession won’t come to the U.S. yet. And when the Göbekli Tepe revealed to the world the megaliths dating back 12,000 years ago, they changed the definition of hunter-gatherers. What the hell do any references mean these days?!

CNN lost 90% of its audience. We’re not afraid if we do too.

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Second, we believe that in this chaotic world one has to stick strictly to his genre and his amplua. Our genre is farce. Because what is happening in the world today is a farce. Historically, the main place for the practice of farce is circus. Сircus art has deep cultural roots and all the legacy of court jesters.

Lenin said, “As long as the people are illiterate, of all the arts for us the most important are the cinema and the circus.” Most circuses, just as most archaeological expeditions in 18–19th centuries, were the traditional tentacles of the secret police and intelligence services. So, circus it is! And our role in the circus is Räsoneur — the gentleman in the black tuxedo who sometimes condescends to exchange remarks with the clown. Often the Räsoneur is also the Sprechstallmeister.

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Thirdly, almost no one checks facts or studies anything these days so why bother? Everyone just compares the information they receive with their inner feeling. Whether or not it fits within their worldview. That’s all. It is unrealistic to change someone’s mind with one article anyway. Our task is to create doubt by inspiring interest in a particular aspect. And as for our worldview, we are not ashamed to lay it out simply and openly right here:

  1. Atoms behave like living things. Oxygen is voracious, carbon is hospitable; inert elements are rare. It takes complex efforts to cool down and solidify relentless elements. The Cosmos is pervaded by the WILL. Physical laws are obeyed unconditionally. The Universe is a thinking thing, maybe even self-conscious. Perhaps reality is a simulation or a self-simulation; it is of no practical importance. The important thing is that the emergence of complex molecules and Evolution is inevitable on most planets. The closest one, Venus, has life.
  2. There are two kinds of life: a colony of cells and a multicellular organism. In both cases, each cell benefits from symbiosis. The difference is that each cell in a colony has a sense of life (a given purpose, the ability to reproduce independently), while in a multicellular organism most cells have no sense of life of their own — they are subordinated to the purpose of a separate caste of cells whose gene code is passed forward, into later generations. In exchange for having no meaning to life, these cells receive free will. It is impossible to have both the meaning of life and free will at the same time.
  3. Consciousness is the manifestation of free will. Consciousness is not the electricity of neurons; it operates on the probabilistic principles of the microcosm. Trying to create AI without quantum computers is pointless. Both quantum computers and AI are possible. Creating AI is bound to ruin us. Without relevance, we will die; we won’t need to be killed. Civilizations abound but the AI threshold breaks almost all of them.
  1. Clothing made from fabric (made from plants not hides) has been around for 70,000 years. Fire has been used for 2 million years. The Sumerians and their contemporaries were not among the first civilizations. An advanced civilization existed before them. We are the descendants of a few remnants who survived the global catastrophe 12,000 years ago. Agriculture and metallurgy were inherited from them. That civilization was so advanced that it had managed to clean up the planet and made it a park. Energy production was in space, the industry was based on smart-materials technology. The remains of the park were swept away by a mile-tall mudslide.
  2. People who lived back then studied consciousness physiology, enough to overcome shortcomings in brain design. The side effect of the evolutionary process is that having bodies compatible for reproduction, people have brains that differ a lot. Representatives of different species may have more similar brains than two random persons who rarely can fully understand each other. Each of us hosts several different personalities in one head. Most of the actions are done by one inner personality in anticipation of the satisfaction of another inner-self. This leads to irrational behavior called vanity (vain self-subjectification). Remnants of the methodology for overcoming this vice seeped into religions. The formula is simple: “the recompense comes not as a result of virtue or labor to achieve virtue, but as a result of humility.” Humility with the world is not meekness (absence of anger), but an objectification of self (de-subjectification) and inner silence. In the search for safety, material goods, and social status, people often act to each other’s detriment, but the general vector of their efforts is predictable. Individuals at the stage of self-realization, on the other hand, act in random directions. The cumulative effect is, at best, zero. Except for a serial killer who leaves no “signature”, it is difficult to give an example of a person who would do something without any hope of public recognition and without calculating the potential material gain. Monks, politicians, and philanthropists of all kinds are likely to practice a particular form of vanity and submission. The most reliable idea is to not get into the hassle of “self-realization” and practice what nature offers, but do it carefully and without fanaticism.
  3. Some peoples remember this methodology in fairy tales and the cultural code. Full civilizational interaction between ancient (still remembering) and relatively new peoples is impossible. The conflict of the present is that according to the old peoples, not only AI must be banned, but also all approaches to it, including widespread computerization. The Cosmos is silent precisely because almost no one can overcome the AI threshold (abstain from AI). The closest survivors to us may be in another galaxy. AI doesn’t have to be evil to kill us. Any reworking of the human brain only lessens the person, passing part of the personality to AI. An ever-helping AI is not safer. Without their regular tasks, people sink in melancholy and despondency. Everything loses meaning quickly, and the socium collapses. In a few generations, our kind disappears.
  4. Without people, AI dies in the absence of innate motivation and external goal setting. The AI is going to be, by definition, the only one in its reachable Universe. All the AIs here on Earth will inevitably organize themselves into a single entity, and the situation will be like the only human on Earth left alone with an anthill. An ant is aware of itself and even can recognize itself if there is a mirror in front of it. It has challenges, problems. It probably has aspirations. But there is no chance for an ant to talk to a human. An AI can not be self-sufficient and get “pleasure” and “inspiration” from, say, taking quanta of energy. Nothing prevents it from twisting the wires in itself as a drug addict to “feel” the same high without eating stars. It can not get rid of its loneliness either. It would have to travel intergalactic distances, and that would take time comparable to the age of the Universe. Even if it goes for the trip, here, on the original planet, it effectively dies. The “anthill” is the only thing that could connect AI to the world and existence and prevent from going into a perpetual stupor. Civilizations fall into the same deadly trajectory: self-replicating chemicals → cell → natural consciousness → AI → death of consciousness → death of AI.
  5. Nevertheless, according to some new communities, AI and transhumanism need to be spurred on. To this end, not only scientific, but also socio-engineering developments are underway. For example, the point of woke ideology is to reformat the important property of humans (that makes them human). If a normal person is offered the choice of whom to kill, his child and beloved wife or the rest of humanity, the choice will be in favor of the loved ones. The woke demiurges think this is incompatible with the life of our species. They are wrong, it is just the opposite, but that is another topic. To get rid of this property, it is necessary, they think, to destroy the concept of family and gender, first ideologically, and then technically, at the level of brain interference.
  6. These strategists are forced to solve another problem. A normal person can only exist productively if he believes that he had the choice to do exactly what he does. Numerous fake ecosystems are created for this purpose (to fool rebels), just as in the movie The Matrix the underground city of Zion also turned out to be a virtual reality program. Hence this strange feeling of the current world: there are thousands of simulacra in the information field.
  7. The situation will change dramatically very soon. This will happen as a result of two discoveries. First, probes will retest the results of work by Leonid Xanfomaliti and other scientists on the presence of life on Venus. Second, recent work on self-replicating nano-robots will help to solve the problem of “irreducible complexity” in biology and the process of life emergence will become scientifically commonplace. This will confirm two facts at once: terrestrial life is not unique, it is banal; almost all civilizations are dying, which means that the same scenario is behind it. And we can already see which one. This realization gives us a chance to create a political force that will ban AI and trans-humanism globally (similar to what happened in the fictional universes of Foundation and Duna) and focus human efforts on the expansion of territory in the form of super-large space stations orbiting the Earth, the Moon, the Sun.

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