Crazy for survival


I can’t believe I’ve listened to this song over 500 times in the last week.


For the longest time I’ve been fascinated with survival… wilderness survival, space survival, extreme environment survival, everyday survival (day-to-day, week-to-week, year-to-year), collective survival, individual survival, survival psychology, survival philosophy, survival stories, survivor mentality, survival teams, everything survival. Although it took me a while to figure out, it seems inevitable that I would end up where I am now. 2.5 years ago, I finally pieced together what I wanted to do with all of this, and that started the beginning of my journey into indefinite life and mind uploading.

I’ve spent more than 1500 hours over the last 2.5 years thinking, learning, and working on indefinite life. The more I get into it, the more detached I feel from the goings on of most of society. I don’t have time to explain it all here, but I’m referring to all the people that concern themselves with the many things that seem so detached from survival in terms of mental and physical fitness. I feel like I’m just in my own reality off to the side, working toward this image of the future I have for myself and for humanity. How else are we going to push the boundaries of humanity than by being a little crazy and out of touch with the status quo? Send me a message through the contact page if you feel equally diverged from the status quo and are immensely passionate about survival, indefinite life, and mind uploading; I’d love to hear from the others out there that are inclined to impact the world with their visions.

Maybe I’ll talk more in future blog posts about the ultimate team that I want to create. Do you want to be a part of an awesome team? Do you want to help me build one? Let’s take on the universe.

Week 4 Schedule

Here’s a table comparing the target goals of both the old and new schedules versus what actually happened last week:

Week 4 Schedule Week 3 Schedule Week 3 Times (rounded to nearest hour)
Lifetimes Infinity 70 hours 70 hours 43 hours
Sleeping 62 hours 59 hours 62 hours
Other 34 hours 21 hours 24 hours
Hobbies 20 hours 40 hours
Exercising 2 hours 2 hours 1 hour

For this next week’s schedule, I decided to re-categorize my times into 4 categories, adding ‘Hobbies’ to the ‘Other’ category. That will allow me to better stick to the schedule by affording more flexibility.

Keep in mind that I started my work week for this year on a Friday. On Monday of this last week, I decided to try doing nothing but working. I tried to focus as much of my effort on the roadmap series as possible. When my brain felt fried, I would read some academic papers or find some other lower priority tasks to work on for a little while, going back to working on the roadmap when I could. I deleted all the video games off my computer and made a mental not not to spend any time aimlessly wandering the internet. It was successful for two days, but I don’t think it was sustainable. Wednesday night I caved in, downloaded Steam, and reinstalled Brawlhalla. My brain was just too fried and I needed something else to do. After playing for an hour, I felt revitalized and ready to work on the roadmap again. So I’m going to keep Brawlhalla installed, but will do my best to limit video gaming to when I really need that kind of mental stimulation and creative outlet.

One of the things that’s been holding me back from putting more hours in is the subject matter. The roadmap series is something I need to do, but the majority of the work is dull for me. There are times when I get to be mentally stimulated or creative while working on the roadmap, but it’s not that often. I’ve considered starting a side project for LI (something that’s more exciting and mentally stimulating to work on). However, I know that once I start, it could easily consume my time and I might not get around to finishing the roadmap in a timely manner. Also I need to identify exactly what the next project for LI will be (which is the main purpose of finishing the roadmap series), rather than just picking something fun to work on. I don’t want to waste time on something that ultimately isn’t going to get us closer to where we want to go.

Books and Papers

I’ve been reading a lot of Randal Koene’s Publications lately. They’ve provided nice breaks from working on the roadmap, and they also have a lot of good insights that I’ve carried over into the roadmap series. Randal has spent a lot of time in these areas, and he has also put a lot of effort into advocating for mind uploading, substrate-independent minds, and whole brain emulation. If you’re interested in getting into these areas, searching for his videos and publications is a great place to start.

Roadmap

I finished Part 4 – Indefinite Lifespan Methods of the roadmap series this week. There were some interesting topics covered in Part 4 that I would like to eventually revisit and elaborate on. However, at this time, these such projects don’t have any priority (maybe I’ll just talk about them in future blog posts).

I’m interested in writing more about the design of avatar bodies for digital beings and possibly even actually designing some avatars myself.

I’d like to eventually write more about future societies with digital beings (what they could be like and how we might build them).

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