This page collects pieces of thoughts across the web. It aims at having a better understanding of things.

Essays

Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot : « Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. »

Andrew Bosworth – Be Kind : « Being kind is fundamentally about taking responsibility for your impact on the people around you. It requires you be mindful of their feelings and considerate of the way your presence affects them. »

Richard Feynman – What Problems to Solve : « No problem is too small or too trivial if we can really do something about it. »

Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.] : « Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. »

Richard Feynman – I love my wife. My wife is dead.

Letter to Menoeceus

Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger – Why explore space

The story of the Mexican Fisherman

Aaron Swartz – I hate the news : « I think following the news is a waste of time. »

Bill and Melinda Gates 2014 Stanford Commencement Adress : « When we strip away our luck and privilege and consider where we’d be without them, it becomes easier to see someone who’s poor and sick and say « that could be me. » This is empathy; it tears down barriers and opens up new frontiers for optimism. »

Articles

The Fermi Paradox — Or Where is everybody ?

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence : « We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. — Vernor Vinge »

The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction : « We have what may be an extremely difficult problem with an unknown time to solve it, on which quite possibly the entire future of humanity depends. — Nick Bostrom »

Videos