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  • Against Modern Environmentalism

    My main criticism of modern environmentalism lays in the following points:

  • Save the World, Lose Yourself

    So you want to save the world?

  • Fur Versus Technology

    Why don’t humans have fur? We lost it so that we could adapt to any condition. Clothing technology has been there for a long time. We don’t even know when it started. It could be anything from 500,000 to 50,000 years ago. Whenever this happened, one thing is for sure: we wouldn’t have conquered the world without it.

  • A Collective Startup Proposal

    Following up on my non-bullshit job checklist, I came to the conclusion that one way to put it in practice would be to start an online software worker collective.

  • How Sharp is the Edge of Chaos?

    Too cold and you freeze.
    Too hot and you disintegrate.
    Between the two is the edge of chaos. Water, life.

  • Awake

    A child awakens in the dark,
    Engulfed by dread as he realizes,
    That the ones he thought close
    Merely groan in rely to his cries.

  • Empire Thinking

    In its growth phase, it is easy for the empire to subjugate new territory. Resources extracted from conquered lands are used to fuel further expansion. The more resources the empire acquires, the easier it becomes to win battles against smaller adversaries. The army is the elite.

  • Fun Facts in Recent Human History

  • Web of Hopes

    Hope is a Christian virtue. The expectation of an everlasting life.

  • Non-Bullshit Job Checklist

    One of my first student jobs was on a construction site. The company that employed me was building apartment blocks and wanted to sell them as fast as possible, before they were fully built. A construction site is a messy affair (in French, construction site and mess are synonyms). My role consisted in swiping the floor to create a path for potential clients visiting the site. I removed from one to five millimeters of dust each day as it accumulated. The next day, I had to do it all again, and so on every day. My introduction to bullshit jobs was complete.

  • Civilization: When Worse Becomes Better

    Civilization can be viewed as linear progress. First we were apes that learnt to walk, use tools and ultimately conquered the world. We established rights and reduced violence. We advanced our understanding of the universe through science. We used technology to further improve our living condition. The best culture won: liberal democracy. The end of history.

  • Solving the Problem-Solving Problem

    Let’s see if my problem-solving methodology applies to itself. It consists in answering three questions:

  • What is a Tree?

    Ask a child to draw a tree. You will probably end up with a brown trunk and green leaves. Maybe some nascent roots. Children are so materialistic.

  • Experimental Declaration of Independence of 2019

    I have held a Google account since 2004 and a Facebook account since 2008. Both are now deleted.

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