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Episode 3 - Selfie-Reliance

Episode 3 - Selfie-Reliance

Pt 1 of 2 on Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Show Notes:

1:27 The Edison home 

2:40 “Society everywhere is in a conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.”

12:37 What would Emerson think of Natasha’s TikTok?

14:10 Spiritual libertarianism 

13:00  "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.

This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for

the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder,

because you will always find those who think they know what is your

duty better than you know it. It is easy the world is to live after

the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the

great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect

sweetness the independence of solitude." - Self Reliance

15:18 Brett is the devil

15:49 Emerson was a Pantheist, not a MAP (Minor attracted Person)

17:09 Kenny Powers Quote

17:20 Spinoza’s God

18:03 “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little

you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard

words again, though it contradicts everything you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall

be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?

Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and

Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that

took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

21:49: Emerson/Drake/Zucc meme 

26:00 Natasha’s Pedigree 

26:54 Erdos Number

23:56 Evidence of simulation 

 25:30 “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the masterwho could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? Every great man is a unique. ”

31:30 Finite and infinite games

32:00 Yet another Consilient idea

32:20 Win Wenger and image streaming

34:27 Terrible movie Chaos walking

36:30 Pseudo-intellectualising entropy and negentropy

39:07 Berk Clerb pick for January: Civilized to Death by Christopher Ryan

41:49 Sneak Peaky to Episode 5 -  The Unabomber Manifesto

42:49 Brett identifies as a humanist

43:40 Natasha identifies as a scientist

44:07 Can the Metaverse, Elon Musk, and Candy Crush preserve consciousness?

Next Episode: Read the essay Friendship (free audio recording) by Emerson.

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