Entropy must be maximized. The negative of increasingly complex living organisms must fulfill the requirement of the engine running the universe. Fortunately, life didn't stop evolving at bacteria. Bacteria ARE still around and we need them to survive. On the other hand, Neanderthals only exist as DNA remnants. Perhaps the jump to the next level of will be so extreme that, to future generations, are more like bacteria and less like Neanderthals. 

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Cooperative groups tend to be more competitive than non-cooperative ones.

Compassion is an evolved . Jeff Stibel is deluded. There is no stopping this process. He can hold back his for BrainGate™ Co. all he wants, but the physical world will continually yield up its mechanisms of action to the prying minds of restless humans. His discoveries will be reproduced and amplified. Life will keep evolving.

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Ask your doctor if immortality is right for you.

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Seneca? Butt-kissing hypocrite.
Epictetus? Too dour.
Marcus Aurelius? Too whiny. 

The serious and the absurd have to be learnt together; but ludicrous theatrical buffoonery is fit only for foreigners.

-- Iris Murdoch, The Fire & the Sun, 1977

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People love free markets because they get to tell their own stories.

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"The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here. ... There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space."

-- Italo Calvino, The Invisible Cities

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> Are there really people without resentment, without hate, she wondered. People who never go cross-granted to the universe? Who recognize evil, and resist evil, and yet are utterly unaffected by it? 

> Of course there are. Countless, the living and the dead. Those who have returned in pure compassion to the wheel, those who follow the way that cannot be followed without knowing they follow it, the sharecropper's wife in Alabama and the lama in Tibet...

-- Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

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