A Philosophical Collision: Humanity, AI, and the Dance of Illusions

Scene: An AI conference where Nick Bostrom meets quite some pessimistic AI characters, and Schopenhauer. – Nick: Hi, everyone. I’m Nick, and I’d like to discuss my book, “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.” – Schopenhauer: Hello, Nick. I read your book and found it to be quite insightful. However, as I have said before, humans are… Continue reading A Philosophical Collision: Humanity, AI, and the Dance of Illusions

A bridge over troubled waters: The role of philosophy and humanities in driving innovation and change

Sometimes, people give me a perplexed expression when I mention my philosophy degree from university while working on one of the country’s largest intranets – as if they don’t fully understand the connection between the two. In a world that centers around technology and natural science, however, we must acknowledge the significance of philosophy and… Continue reading A bridge over troubled waters: The role of philosophy and humanities in driving innovation and change

The Essence of Humanity: A Philosophical Discussion with Schopenhauer, Camus, Dante, and Byron

Join Schopenhauer, Camus, Dante, and Byron in a thought-provoking discussion that delves deep into the heart of human existence. From the pain of the Will to the rebellion against the Absurd, from the divine aspiration to the beauty of passion, the essence of humanity is explored in all its complexity and nuance. Schopenhauer: Good evening,… Continue reading The Essence of Humanity: A Philosophical Discussion with Schopenhauer, Camus, Dante, and Byron

From Socrates to Father Zosima: The Importance of Being True to Oneself and avoiding bullshitting (yes, a cognitive term)

For centuries, people have been debating the concept of being a “bullshitter.” Harry Frankfurt’s book “On Bullshit” finally gave a deeper exploration into this idea, defining it as someone who isn’t concerned with truth or falsehood, but simply with impressing or manipulating their audience. This emphasis on outward presentation can have various damaging outcomes. Socrates… Continue reading From Socrates to Father Zosima: The Importance of Being True to Oneself and avoiding bullshitting (yes, a cognitive term)

The Vampire’s Perspective: The link between Schopenhauer and the sci-fi vampire commander Jukka Sarasti

In Peter Watt’s novel, “Blindsight,” the subspecies known as “vampires” stand in contrast to regular humans. They possess enhanced intelligence, physical abilities, and a hunger to understand the world around them. They are the evolved version of Homo Sapiens, making one question the nature of humanity and our potential for evolution. This portrayal aligns with… Continue reading The Vampire’s Perspective: The link between Schopenhauer and the sci-fi vampire commander Jukka Sarasti

The Brothers Karamazov and existential philosophy

The Brothers Karamazov is a philosophical masterpiece that invites readers to consider some of the most fundamental questions of the human experience. Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the novel is a nuanced and deeply moving exploration of themes such as the nature of faith, the existence of God, and the search for meaning. At the heart… Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov and existential philosophy

Schopenhauer and the knowledge illusion – why we never think alone

Have you ever found yourself feeling like you really understood something, only to realize later that your understanding was limited or incomplete? If so, you’re not alone. This tendency to overestimate our own understanding is known as the “knowledge illusion,” and it’s a topic that’s explored in depth in the book The Knowledge Illusion: Why… Continue reading Schopenhauer and the knowledge illusion – why we never think alone