But there was a hard-to-define and very consistent ethos at the foundation of both. Robin Hanson is more like himself than anybody else I know. ” sometime around 2008 after reading his blog Overcoming Bias.He’s obviously brilliant – a Ph D in economics, a masters in physics, work for DARPA, Lockheed, NASA, George Mason, and the Future of Humanity Institute. Since then he’s influenced my thinking more than almost anyone else I’ve ever read.Everything Tolkien wrote is Tolkienesque in a non-tautological sense.
For example, I grant him a prediction that “the average American will be two inches taller because of good medical care” even though he then goes on to say in the same sentence that the average life expectancy will be fifty and suburbanization will be so total that building city blocks will be illegal (sorry, John, only in San Francisco).There are some people who are destined to become adjectives.Pick up a David Hume book you’ve never read before and it’s easy to recognize the ideas and style as Humean.There will be no surface-level transportation in cities as all cars and walkways have moved underground.The letters C, X, and Q will be removed from the language.