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Mingling mission and materialism attempts to gain both self-indulgent and self-justifying goals—but loses both enjoyment and empathetic joy.

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In this episode of the Fluidity : "Materialism"

Materialism says that only mundane purposes like money, sex, and power count. It wrongly rejects higher purposes—but those too are not ultimate.

Common critiques of materialism, from religion, political idealism, personal idealism, and nihilism.

In this episode of the Fluidity : "Mission"

The delusion that you can find your true, unique personal life-purpose causes only suffering and failure.

Just discover your unique talent, follow your passion, and success is guaranteed—this is terrible advice!

In this episode of the Fluidity : "Purpose"

Dividing purposes into higher and mundane, mission pursues higher ends and rejects pragmatism; materialism seeks only selfish goals. Both are mistakes.

It is attractive to think that we each have a unique, transcendent, ultimate purpose in life. Unfortunately, this belief is both false and harmful.

In this episode of the Fluidity : "Selfness"

Abandoning selflessness and egoism equally, we can play with the ambiguous self/other boundary; supple, skillful selfing for successful, satisfying interaction.

Shortwave is a decentralized messaging platform. "Yes but, what about the other failed attempts?" Under the hood, this one works on the email protocol.

"Our mission is to ensure the future of messaging is open, decentralized, and secure."

The Framework is the most exciting laptop I've ever used: Sustainable, upgradeable, repairable and powerful.


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Employers can extract an enormous financial advantage from the financial desperation of those who love it when their co-workers drink with them at a bar-- even those who adamantly do not want to drink at a bar. That personality type benefits from managers mandating group recreation. And so it is, in point of fact, accurate to say that company productivity is now a result of the scintillating personalities of the managerial class. [3 of 3]

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It has become almost impossible to climb out of the precariat, or avoid falling into it, without working in I.T. Almost everyone has to do it, whether they like it or not, and so there is no longer anything stereotypical one can say about the personality and preferences of programmers. [2 of 3]

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Happy International Programmer's Day.

I thought better of what I was going to say: that the best way to celebrate programmers on this day is to cancel all their meetings and put them alone with tools that work in a room with a door they can close.

I was going to remark that "rewarding" them with mandatory group recreation is how the managerial class flatters itself that company productivity is the result of the scintillating personalities of managers.

But I no longer agree with that. [1 of 3]

And that's a wrap.

The Garden Path reached 152% of it's funding goal, and met it's second stretch goal in just the final moments - Local Multiplayer.

Thanks once again everyone who backed and spread the word. There's so much more to come.

In this episode of the Fluidity : "Unity and Diversity"

Stances concerning connection and separateness: monism, dualism, and participation.

Monism and dualism are opposites. But because each is obviously wrong, each turns into the other when cornered. Sneaky!

Errors of monism and dualism: denying and fixating object boundaries and connections.

True facts:

If you took all of the words written in all of human history and put them together, end-to-end, you'd have a really terrible run-on sentence.

In this episode of the Fluidity : "Stabilizing the Complete Stance" Going beyond resolutions of specific problems: consistently maintaining an accurate stance toward meaningness.

Other works by David Chapman mentioned in this episode are:

_In The Cells Of The Eggplant_ is a book-length treatment of this episode, explaining the application of open-ended curiosity to professional, technical work such as science, engineering, or organizational management.

“Upgrade your cargo cult for the win” is a long essay version.

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In this episode of the Fluidity : "Open-Ended Curiosity" Open-ended curiosity gives you the freedom to interact with the world without metaphysical presuppositions.

Hoppípolla, “a song with qualities known to evoke awe,” by Sigur Rós’.

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