Omens
Andersen (Ross)
Source: Aeon, 25 February, 2013
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Author’s Conclusion

  1. I asked Nick Bostrom about his approach to philosophy. How did he end up studying a subject as morbid and peculiar as human extinction?
  2. He told me that when he was younger, he was more interested in the traditional philosophical questions. He wanted to develop a basic understanding of the world and its fundamentals. He wanted to know the nature of being, the intricacies of logic, and the secrets of the good life.
  3. ‘But then there was this transition, where it gradually dawned on me that not all philosophical questions are equally urgent,’ he said. ‘Some of them have been with us for thousands of years. It’s unlikely that we are going to make serious progress on them in the next ten. That realisation refocused me on research that can make a difference right now. It helped me to understand that philosophy has a time limit.’

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