Elon Musk

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“You should try to take the set of actions that are likely to prolong civilization, minimise the probability of a dark age, and reduce the length of a dark age if there is one.”
-Elon Musk
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Reality is not any particular existence.

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Life, a particular existence, can’t imprison reality’s entirety.
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The purpose of life decidedly amounts to inventing, if not discovering, the purpose of life.

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“My favorite philosopher is Douglas Adams.”

-Elon Musk
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Elon Musk, as an existentially-torn teenager, embraced Douglas Adams’ philosophy summed up in the line: “The universe is the answer; what are the questions?” Perhaps, we still don’t know actually what to ask.

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To ask better and better existential questions we have to eternally expand our collective intelligence.

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“If we expand the scope and scale of consciousness, then we are better able to understand what questions to ask. We’ll learn more, we’ll become more enlightened. And so we should try to do the things that expand the scope and scale of consciousness.Becoming a multi-planet species and ensuring that we have a sustainable climate on Earth, these are very important to that overarching philosophy.”

-Elon Musk

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Models of reality can be ‘reality’ Itself.

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Models might be what there actually is.
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Modern science sprouts from empirical commentaries on ancient philosophies.

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Elon Musk in his teens read “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” as a helpful existential philosophy.
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“I guess when I was around 12 or 15…I had an existential crisis, and I was reading various books on trying to figure out the meaning of life and what does it all mean? It all seemed quite meaningless.”

-Elon Musk

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“If you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part.”

-Elon Musk

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“So, to the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we can better know what questions to ask, then whatever the question is that most approximates: What’s the meaning of life?”

-Elon Musk

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Elon Musk hopes to build a city on Mars that will be self-sustaining by the 2050s.

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“There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation.”

– Elon Musk
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