EXISTENTIAL RISK

by LOSTBOYEVSKY

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    in honor of the new album, which drops in 3 days, i made some t-shirts ^_^

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    the t-shirt sale only lasts 18 days, till June 16th, and idk when i'll make more after that, so scoop one of these up now and let the world know you support unfettered abyss rap <3

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1.
04:25
2.
06:22
3.
VINAY GUPTA SPEAKS
4.
HOLY CURIOSITY
5.
EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM
6.
ABRAHAMIC RELIGION BLUES
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8.
CUDDLE AND HUG ME
9.
PREPOSTEROUS MULTIVERSE
10.
INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS
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AND THE HOT TUB WAS LUKEWARM
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STRANGE FUTURE
13.
MULTIPLANETARY

about

"An existential risk (or x-risk) is a risk posing permanent large negative consequences to humanity which can never be undone."

— LessWrong

"I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer."

— Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

“People think the world’s getting worse, and we see that on the left and the right, and we see that in other countries. People think the world is getting worse… That’s the perception. What’s actually happening is our information about what’s wrong in the world is getting better. A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you’d never even hear about it. Now there’s an incident halfway around the globe and we not only hear about it, we experience it.”

— Ray Kurzweil

“Because of accelerating technological progress, humankind may be rapidly approaching a critical phase in its career. In addition to well-known threats such as nuclear holocaust, the prospects of radically transforming technologies like nanotech systems and machine intelligence present us with unprecedented opportunities and risks. Our future, and whether we will have a future at all, may well be determined by how we deal with these challenges... While we have had long exposure to various personal, local, and endurable global hazards, this paper analyzes a recently emerging category: that of existential risks. These are threats that could cause our extinction or destroy the potential of Earth-originating intelligent life. Some of these threats are relatively well known while others, including some of the gravest, have gone almost unrecognized. Existential risks have a cluster of features that make ordinary risk management ineffective.”

— Nick Bostrom, Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards

“Making life interplanetary, and then interstellar, enables creation to generate untold wonders over potentially trillions of years. We have no idea how long human life could last, if we can get it off this one fragile, risk-filled, tiny sphere into the ocean of darkness and light above our heads, and into every nook and cranny of the observable sphere. We owe all the potential futures that could emerge from our present the possibility of existence, and to accomplish this, we must go not only into space, but eventually, by any means found necessary, into the stars.”

— Vinay Gupta

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this album is an experiment. it is informationally dense. it is an attempt to countenance the most serious issues faced by our species through the medium of rap music. it is also, of course, a portal into the complex depths of my psyche. i sincerely hope you appreciate it.

love,
jordan

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releases May 31, 2017

ALL BEATS PRODUCED BY: egoid —— soundcloud.com/egoid

VOCALS: LOSTBOYEVSKY

COVER ART ILLUSTRATED BY: Christopher Kerouac / OGALALA --- soundcloud.com/ogalala

COVER ART COLORED BY: LOSTBOYEVSKY

MIXED BY: LOSTBOYEVSKY

MASTERED BY: LOSTBOYEVSKY & egoid ——https://soundcloud.com/egoid

special thanks to my girlfriend Jacki for her support and feedback during the album creation process. and for her essential awesomeness

many thanks to Conner for his feedback on a draft of this album

colossal thanks to Vinay Gupta for giving me permission to sample a substantial number of his words for this album (find Vinay: twitter.com/leashless /// re.silience.com /// hexayurt.com)

and abundant thanks to my friends Mike Gilliland and Euvie Ivanova, the Future Thinkers (futurethinkers.org), for giving me permission to sample audio from their interviews with Vinay Gupta for this album. i highly recommend listening to these interviews in full (www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpMTgZESNM4 /// www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKLHIzC0r-s)

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Track Name: AMOR FATI
used to hate life, now it's amor fati
will to power like i ran mordor, stop me
my whole dojo got that amor fati
and more mojo than a condor probably

used to hate life, now it's amor fati
nietzsche atop a dinosaur, watch me
my whole dojo got that amor fati
and more mojo than a condor probably

Nietzsche said become what you are and love your fate
so here i am caressing the soul of Jordan Bates
on some future shit, Kurzweil with cyborg traits
concocting more elaborate labyrinths than Jorge Borges
Phillip K. Dick, hear voices through brain antenna
A more novel occurrence than prophesied by McKenna
So down with partnership cultures, I'm Riane Eisler
SF Renaissance 2.0, text Jack Spicer
or make a Facebook Event, invite Gary Snyder
combusting tea with Sal Paradise, where's the lighter?
type of ape to invite a reverie like Coleridge
then pull a Tao Lin and draw a mandala quick
then tweet some witty alt lit shit, Melissa Broder
or maybe some philosophy jokes like Corey Mohler
Snapchatted a shattered urinal to Marcel Duchamp
with the caption, "who's anti-art now, n00b-sauce?"
I'm Ai Wei Wei destroying an ancient urn
burned so many herbs with Ginsberg, I'm taciturn
But still got the magical will, son (Wilson), Bob Anton
they can't see me, even in a panopticon

used to hate life, now it's amor fati
will to power like i ran mordor, stop me
my whole dojo got that amor fati
and more mojo than a condor probably

used to hate life, now it's amor fati
Nietzsche atop a dinosaur, watch me
my whole dojo got that amor fati
and more mojo than a condor probably

as the world turns it's #FeelTheBern
i'm 20,000 fucking leagues deeper than Jules Verne
Wilde said give man a mask and he'll speak truth all day
So I'm cloaking self in more disguises than Daniel Dumile
or Keith Thornton, you know the Octagonecologyst
I'm Mary Doria Russell, novelist-anthropologist
Eddy Bernays couldn't manipulate my unconscious mind
and i stay iconic for peace with Dalai Lama rhymes
Like Wendell Berry already opposed to the next war
liberating bodies like Foucault with my sex roar
Nightmares of bureaucratic prisons, Franz Kafka see?
But let food and walking be thy medicine, Hippocrates
No sophistry, simple wisdom, Bodhidharma
Alan Watts self-responsible action, the true karma
Post-rational insight porn, that Sarah Perry swag
But more humble than Lao Tzu, I mean I rarely brag
Will to soul power, I'm KOOL AD or Joe Tex
And I meditate on Moloch, word to Slate Star Codex
Rap game Yasutani Roshi, Bodhisattva
Gautama under the fig tree attaining nirvana
No Sylvia Plath, may her spirit slumber peacefully
I'm Bucky Fuller, reject suicide, create gleefully

used to hate life, now it's amor fati
will to power like i ran mordor, stop me
my whole dojo got that amor fati
and more mojo than a condor probably

used to hate life, now it's amor fati
Nietzsche atop a dinosaur, watch me
my whole dojo got that amor fati
and more mojo than a condor probably

used to hate life, now it's amor fati
Nietzsche atop a dinosaur, watch me
my whole dojo got that amor fati
and more mojo than a condor probably
Track Name: A REVERIE
neurotic brain wants to go down every rabbit hole
analyzing shit that I did like five years ago
the more you think about it, the darker it seems
until one day it's like you're trapped in your own dream
yeah trust me I know, I've been there too hermana
but like Wei Boyang said: "hakuna matata"
you do not even know enough to worry
the cosmos knows better, almost assuredly
no need to figure it all out yet
no need to determine whether you're good or bad
no need to decide if she's one of your soulmates
no need to know yet why you feel so strange
just be with it; experience and kiss the ambiguity
view self with humor, gentleness, equanimity,
tenderness, compassion, chill, you're only human
might not hurt to go get totally zooted
with friends, hah, only if you're into that
me I been known to go through a few beers and spinach wraps
been known to just go live in a cabin
been known to reside at the borders of the real, Atlantis
been known to feel gross after my fourth BK sandwich
been known to listen to more rap than Chance the Rapper
been known to have people watch me unfold on the Internet
been known to wander Vang Vieng alone on some intoxicants
and yeah one time ended up at a hospital in Bangkok
and yeah it might be true that I used to slang pot
but you know I do me like autoerotica
not immune to a goddess, body exotica
just a dumb shiny Australopithecus
probably write an opus, then transform into ventriloquist
to lend voice to the silly ghost called LOSTBOYEVSKY
he's your childhood imaginary friend on hemp leaves
he's a possibilian Taoist scientist, simultaneous
nature worshipper, Discordian saint, atheist
ordained Dudeist priest, nihilist, Zen Buddhist
idealist, pragmatist, whatever works, use it
post-rationalist, mystic, agnostic,
existentialist
Dadaist, moral relativist, wizard, effective altruist
occasional Luddite, techno-utopian empiricist
post-hippie, romantic, skeptic, quasi-pacifist
pseudo-capitalist who thinks we should meet everyone's basic needs
minimalist who tends not to give in to human greed
but nonetheless indulges some shit because YOLO
might go to a Jonwayne concert or pay for some dope pho
might fork over 1000 U.S. dollars for a MacBook
and you know I can't help it man, I always buy books
and horde them until I've got fucking shelves full
can't bring myself to part with Infinite Jest or On the Road
but apart from that man, I really don't own much
known to fit whole life in a backpack and go touch
a new continent, casually, erratically
world as playground, Earth as Wonka's factory
pregnant with wonders, shoutout Darwin Deez
also shoutout Darwin that one chimpanzee
on that one old cartoon, you know, Wild Thornberrys
and yeah bro you already know that I mourned Harry
Potter, when I thought he was dead
born in Iowa -- heartland, man, obviously fed
but still aware of the millions who aren't eating enough
global Universal Basic Income, anyone? anyone?
let's eliminate poverty and get robots to do the lame tasks
so we can just do whatever and create and like straight bask
in the light of that star that we used to call God
I can see why we did that, the sun is like so bomb
immaculate, like Christ smooching Schopenhauer
literally this instant I'm trying to send hope and power
via sound waves and the World Wide Web
to humans thousands of miles away who feel cursed by their heads
or circumstances. man, there's still beauty everywhere
tap into that shit, get uplifted, and flare
up like inferno, become self-propelled wheel
affirm life, amor fati, create art and heal
open eyes so wide, see majesty, find endurance
live so damn well you'd embrace eternal recurrence
accept that some day human self might perish from heart attack
let the problems in your mind become ancient artifacts
and to those without basic necessities I'm trying to get you some
but i don't quite know how, the systems are rough
they work pretty well for a lot of the globe
but there are still tens of millions without food or homes
approximately 20 million people per year die from poverty
man we need to get everyone past that first level of maslow's hierarchy
this is probably a good place to mention GiveWell.org
through effective altruism, we can make a world where no one starves
that should probably be one of our primary aims
well, that and making sure our evolutionary branch is sustained
Track Name: WE'RE LIVING IN A GOLDEN AGE, BUT HUMANITY MIGHT GO EXTINCT
aspiring Übermensch in a big data panopticon
scrolling through Twitter thinking, "damn, this epoch is odd"
while billions of humans still believe they can talk to God
i'm contemplating Berlin's dichotomy of fox and hedgehog
reading Venkatesh Rao in Bangladesh now
feeling future nauseous listening to Spankmaster, wow
i'm breaking smart while making art
taking part in effective altruism, combining head and heart
i'm eating grey pills while software eats the world
contemplating Phenomenology of Perception, Husserl
absolute belief is the death of intelligence
your tribal affiliations make your thinking irrelevant
it's all confirmation bias and motivated reasoning
you derps should probably read more LessWrong and Meaningness
plus Slate Star Codex and Ribbonfarm
admit your own uncertainty; it will diminish harm
and render your estimation of universe more accurate
reality is ambiguous, word to David Chapman
i hit the volcano vape then read wikipedia
pages on the dunning-kruger effect and mcluhan's theory of media
broadcasting live from a cottage in bulgaria
let's build some eco-cities and eradicate malaria

most peaceful and prosperous period of history
but humanity might go extinct

you buy products to signal tribe memberships
i try to save the world on some last airbender shit
while chugging beers in the blogosphere
viewing relationships as mirrors and, uh, dodging fear
type of ape to get swept away by both cheer and tears
even though Buddha knows that means I'll suffer here
but like Niezsche said, despair and joy grow together
find me engaging in BDSM, minus the leather
plus practicing other types of rituals; Sarah Perry's
essay on the consciousness monoculture is a rare read
i stare d-e-a-t-h in the countenance
then casually hurl through sky to other continents
the dominant global monoculture sure has its convolutions
but I'm not convinced we need a violent revolution
i mean, like, I'm down for a renaissance
we need to address ecocide and existential risk and stuff
but your anger at the quote unquote system is sorta misplaced
friend, this is the most peaceful period of human history
Better Angels of Our Nature, shoutout Stephen Pinker
personally I'd like much of our civilization to linger
things seem so fucked not because it's all broken
but because you now have a billion times more info, kid
your newsfeed shows you a steady stream of tragedies
and you assume the world is now unprecedentedly nasty
when really we've seen colossal declines in violence and poverty
we may actually get everyone past that first level of Maslow's hierarchy
you compare our reality with your idealized fantasy
and in doing so you commit the Nirvana fallacy
no political or economic system is ever utopian
the belief in a perfect system led to Hitler and Stalin
there are more ways to break complex systems than improve them
so it's some degree of gradualism for the win
please simply consider the virtues of pragmatism
and the idea that modern civilization is actually pretty bitchin'
a bulwark against Hobbes' war of all against all
and it gave us iPods, running water, science, electricity y'all
consider for a moment how fucking great all that shit is
and you want to tear it down and live totally primitive?
nah, not me, too much love for the Internet
i'll live in an off-grid cabin customized with modern tech
or maybe a tiny home or a hexayurt
on my Carl Sagan shit, cherishing this sexy Earth

instructions for humanity
must preserve species' sanity

yes, there's still much in the world we ought to change
but if you're hearing this, know you've got it pretty great
appreciate that shit and give back to make things more swell
donate to the causes recommended by GiveWell
read Nick Bostrom's exceptional thoughts and stuff
support the world-saving projects of Elon Musk
look into RegenVillages and Cool Earth
explore 80,000 Hours and Vinay Gupta's work
escape your filter bubbles; question all the things
circumvent politics where possible; self-reliance is king
live minimalistically, compassionately, sustainably
read Robert Anton Wilson to make sure your brain is free
all things are in flux so maybe practice non-resistance
above all, enjoy this life, friend: affirm existence