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What is the need to become an achiever in life?

I'm proud to report to you that, at the end of these long centuries of liberation, you have been almost completely liberated! You are now free from the obligation to work; free from the obligations of ...
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What is the need to become an achiever in life?

What is the need to do anything beyond plainly living? Happiness is whatever you want it to be. We all have free will, and we all have desires, and we all decide what we're going to do. If you're ...
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How to save oneself from this particular angst?

There’s an argument to be made that the only things that truly matter in the long run are things with lasting impact. If we were truly alone in this world, sentient beings with no maker and no life ...
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How to save oneself from this particular angst?

Easy, the sun expanding to swallow the Earth is somebody else's problem and I can therefore ignore it. It would be a whole lot more salient if I were one of those 4.99999gigayear future humans, but ...
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How to save oneself from this particular angst?

It is the eminent Ray Kurzweil who has formulated the Law of Accelerated Returns: Technological progress is able to use the just-created, current technology. Technological progress happens at a rate ...
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How to save oneself from this particular angst?

"Now it is true that the civilization as a whole (by which I mean the 8 billion of us), although a big complex system, does not possess a centralized information processing unit to direct it's ...
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How to save oneself from this particular angst?

If the only things that matter are things that will matter forever, and things not mattering forever won't matter forever, then things not mattering forever don't matter. If things not mattering ...
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How to save oneself from this particular angst?

Q: How to save myself from this angst? A: Be consistent with your assumptions. In more detail Not just the literal assumption: Assuming that life is unique to planet earth But also more ...
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How to save oneself from this particular angst?

I agree with you: Now it is true that the civilization as a whole […], although a big complex system, does not possess a centralized information processing unit to direct it's own actions, in the ...
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Any philosophical works that explicitly address the heat death of the Universe and its philosophical implications?

99% is a huge over-estimate. 1% would be a huge over-estimate. Heat death involves guessing about the state of the universe in 10^106 years. This requires assuming that the guesses we have about the ...
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Is there not a muddy overlap between the great existentialist questions and the great metaphysical questions?

There's a bit of an issue with language here. Technically speaking, the term 'metaphysics' deals with all questions about the fundamental nature of things (including humans). Existentialism and its ...
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Existentialism is real, so why does Russell's paradox matter?

Russell's Paradox is of concern to Mathematical Foundations. The barber idea, is just an analogy for laypeople, and completely irrelevent to the signifance of Russell's Paradox. Frege believed that ...
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Is there not a muddy overlap between the great existentialist questions and the great metaphysical questions?

All sciences, not just this aspect of philosophy face logic problems when trying to compare statistical or philosophical answers with individual or anecdotal answers. Existentialism is about the ...
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Existentialism is real, so why does Russell's paradox matter?

The Turing Machine Halting Problem is a major problem in computer theory, Russell’s Paradox is the root of the Third Mathematical Crisis, and the Gödel Incompleteness Theorem is a major discovery in ...
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Any philosophical works that explicitly address the heat death of the Universe and its philosophical implications?

Freeman Dyson explored the heat death of the universe in "infinite in all Directions": https://www.amazon.com/Infinite-All-Directions-Lectures-April-November/dp/0060728892 In chapter 6, he ...
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Any philosophical works that explicitly address the heat death of the Universe and its philosophical implications?

There is the Boltzmann brain thought experiment which suggests that if eternal inflation (and some other physical theories) are correct then we are almost certainly brains that spontaneously formed in ...
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Any philosophical works that explicitly address the heat death of the Universe and its philosophical implications?

I would suggest taking a look at absurdism and the works of Albert Camus. While, as far as I remember, Camus does not address directly the heat death of the universe, his whole theory of Absurdism ...
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Was Nietzsche an amoralist?

On Nietzsche & Machiavelli: Was Nietzsche influenced by Machiavelli? Nietzsche & pederasty: Was Nietzsche a strong proponent of machoism and traditional masculinity? Nietzsche's views as the ...
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Are "finding the pain of existence unbearable" and "deciding that life is not worth living" the same?

In a) since things are happening in the mind, it's an internal state, not an external one. The mind may reflect external things, but the reflection is a personal experience. In b) you are basically ...
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Can High Levels of Logical Intelligence Lead to Limit the Evolution of Intelligent Life?

It is a highly speculative hypothesis which can not be tested or discussed conclusively. It is not even clear what does logical intelligence or intelligence means? Is it machine like logical ...
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Can High Levels of Logical Intelligence Lead to Limit the Evolution of Intelligent Life?

First of all intelligence is a broad term that covers many concepts, from logic and reasoning to self-awareness and emotional intelligence. It seems that you are mainly focusing in the logic aspect of ...
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Can High Levels of Logical Intelligence Lead to Limit the Evolution of Intelligent Life?

If the beings of the earth found out that they had been planted and bred there for a purpose entirely foreign to them, they would make a great deal of trouble. They could in principle even kill ...
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