Superintelligence, rationality and the race to save the worldIt is a very slim and general
Disclaimer: I try to use Kaczynski's own terminology and definitions, instead of replacing them with something I'd consider more accurate. Unless otherwise stated I will also be aiming to quote accurately, only including my perspective in specified sections.
(number) is a reference to paragraph number in the original paper.
- (33-37) Nietzschean idea that people need to strive autonomously to feel fulfilled and / or happy.
- (38-41.) Real vs. "fake" power processes (real goals vs. surrogate goals).
- (41.) The fact that modern people fulfill their power process via surrogate activities is less satisfying than fulfilling natural goals.
- (69.) It is easier for people to accept disease as "the nature of things" instead of systematic causes.
- try to fulfill their power process via progressive politics.
- (9.) claimedly suffer from feeling of inferiority.
- (210.) The leftist is never satisfied.
- In the techno-industrial society inviduals (in the short term) and the system benefit from inviduals getting more socialized meaning that they succumb easier to the demands of the system and resist less.
- (114.) Bureaucracies HAVE TO run according to rigid rules to not disrupt the system and be fair.
- (124. and many before it) Kaczynski implies that the modern industrial-technological system will also be the last system.
Principles of History
- (100.) Small changes to historical trends will almost always revert in time.
- (102.) If a change is made large enough to have permanent effects, it will usually spread on its own and it can't be restricted to parts of a system.
- (103.) If a change is made large enough to have permanent effects, it's consequences as a whole cannot be predicted in advance.
- (104.) A new kind of society cannot be designed on paper. You cannot plan a comprehensive systematic reform and expect it to function as it was designed to.
- (106.) People do not consciously or rationally choose the form of their society. Societies develop through processes of social evolution that are not under rational human control.
Technology is a more powerful social force than the aspiration for freedom
- (127.) Case example of motorized transport taking over society.
- (128.) Each invidiual technological advancement appears to be beneficial, but as a whole they rip control from inviduals into the hands of The System.
- (133.) No social construct can permanently stop the advancement of technology.
Revolution is easier than reform
- (141 - 142.) A revolutionary movement has significant benefits over a reformist one, since it activates people's desperation much more effectively. It allows people to accept much larger temporary sacrifices for (believed) good changes.
- (169.) The system has already caused, and is continuing to cause, immense suffering all over the world.
- (170.) Industrial Revolution was supposed to eliminate poverty, make everybody happy etc. The actual result has been quite different.
- (170.) In fact, ever since the Industrial Revolution, technology has been creating new problems for society far more rapidly than it has been solving old ones.
- (231.) We don't claim this article expresses more than a crude approximation to the truth.
- (232.) All the same, we are reasonably confident that the general outlines of the picture we have painted here are roughly correct.
- Much of Nietzsche's work