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FT reviews Reality+: “For the writer David Chalmers, the metaverse offers exciting, fresh perspectives to our understanding of identity, consciousness and agency, which his fellow philosophers have been exploring for thousands of years. Alternative reality is already challenging some of our preconceptions about reality in ways they have never been challenged before, opening up novel philosophical playgrounds. Chalmers summarises this new field of “technophilosophy”, as he calls it, as follows: “Philosophy helps to shed light on (mostly new) questions about technology. Technology helps to shed light on (mostly old) questions about philosophy.” Each of his book’s 24 chapters begins with one of these questions and wrestles with how age-old philosophical conundrums can be reinterpreted in the age of Reality+. What is reality? Can there be consciousness in a digital world? How should we build a virtual society?”

WSJ: “It helps to ratchet down the intensity, says Mr. Jensen, author of the book “The Power of Pressure.” Our attention narrows when we’re flooded with adrenaline, he says, and we miss important clues and context that help us better analyze a situation. Ask yourself, “What’s not at stake for me right now?” he advises. “What are the important things in my life that will not change regardless of this decision?” Try replacing individual choices with overarching principles that do the work for you, he adds. If you make, and keep, rules around things like weekly screen time for your kids or what you pack for lunch, you don’t have to waste time and energy thinking about other options.”

Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya: “Removal of poverty as an objective appeals to mankind’s noblest instinct: empathy for the poor. On the other hand, dispossession of the rich reflects mankind’s ignoble instincts: resentment and envy.” [via CafeHayek]

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