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Against Curiosity

Status: Draft Epistemic status: Strong A pamphlet.

Curiosity is wrong. It’s the root of stagnation, of everything that’s lost.

Luckily, this generation is revolting. We no longer accept the blind faith in the curious, in the right way of doing science. In the false parabel of the isolated genius.

We are here to solve problems.

Curiosity is tautologically bad

My university taught me that one can do science in only two ways: goal-oriented vs. curiosity-driven. That one either “follows one’s instincts” or “goes into industry”. Guess which one was looked down upon. Guess which one was praised as the only path to really, deeply understanding the universe. And even if one cared about the world, about people, suffering, and death, one should still follow one’s curiosity. After all, there would have been no CRISPR, if not for counting plants.

This is false, simply because if you have a goal, and curiosity really does deliver on its promise, then you simply use curiosity as part of your strategy.

Curiosity is a tactic, goal orientation a way of living.

No one cares

How to name this animal? What are the properties of this exotic function?

It doesn’t matter.

What matters, is that we do the things that matter.

End scarcity. End depression. End suffering. End aging.

Reach the stars. Build fusion reactors. Build bridges across fighting nations. Build bliss machines.

SENS > ITER

How much have we learned about aging, in 50 years of random, undirected geroscience? How much have we learned in just the last 10 years, when we started actually caring?

How fast will we have fusion energy, now that we ask the question of how to provide excess energy to everyone before 2050? Instead of putting magnets built by different countries together to “understand the problem”?

Even if you only care about understanding the universe (which you should not), pick a goal. You will understand it so much faster.

Maximize feedback loops

If you want to understand the human brain, you could just do so, by studying it all day long.

Or you build a biological simulator that allows you to run the brains chemistry at double speed, to iterate faster on your invasive BCI machine design.

Goals are forcing functions to be curious faster.

And speed is all that matters, because lost moments are lost lives.