Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant quotes on environment

Indian-American entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

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1

The more neatly you fit into society, the less free you actually are.

2

All social media oligopolists, not just TikTok, should open their recommendation algorithms to scrutiny. They are programming our minds and our societies.

3

The only two ways to coordinate human societies at scale are free markets and physical power. Any ideology rejecting free markets is just advocating for power. Socialism, communism, and fascism all converge to the same endpoint - rule by the biggest thug.

4

The modern mental illness is anxiety. The symptom is inability to fall asleep. The evidence is pills, meditation apps, opioids, and sleep trackers. The causes are oversocialization and overstimulation.

5

The larger the group, the worse the conversation.

6

If your opinions line up neatly with those of your friends and colleagues, they’re not your opinions.

7

It’s becoming easier and easier to be social, but exceptional people are built in solitude.

8

Take feedback from nature and markets, not from people.

9

A group of people who think differently is a market. A group of people who think alike is a mob.

10

Modern society will shame you for earning money, shame you for being happy, shame you for being raised well, shame you for having children, and ultimately, shame you for existing. It isn’t just religion that controls you by declaring you a sinner.

11

⬆️ Environment, localism, borders, guns, DIY, right to try, science, tech, remote/gig work, universal healthcare, hygiene, autonomy. ⬇️ Urbanization, offices, globalism, mass transport, open borders, bureaucrats, 9-5, Feds. Tech-savvy farmers rising, urban socialites falling.

12

It turns out that we have a collective immune system, not just an individual one.

13

Now that the world’s police station is burning, expect more global conflict.

14

In an older society with few resources and mechanical work, the scheduled life is the most productive. In a modern society with permissionless leverage and creative work, the unscheduled life is the most productive.

15

Be right, when everyone else is wrong, at scale.

16

A well-designed market for betting on climate change would allow the communities at greatest risk to buy insurance and literally transfer wealth from the ignorant to the knowledgeable.

17

Any discipline or institution whose output is to tell people how to think and behave eventually gets co-opted and corrupted. Only disciplines and institutions whose output tells us how to manipulate nature, tools, and systems can stay objective.

18

Twitter is a way to broadcast messages to hundreds of millions of people to find the few dozen that you actually want to talk to.

19

Better to find a new audience than to write for the audience.

20

The logic of violence determines the structure of society. ("The Sovereign Individual" thesis)

21

When working, surround yourself with people more successful than you. When playing, surround yourself with people happier than you.

22

Technology leads society, not the other way around. And tech comes from science & math. New scientific breakthroughs lead to new societies.

23

Each new generation has to inflict more and more cultural horrors on their parents to actually shock them.

24

One beautiful thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that so many meetings end with "How can I help?"

25

Lots of literacy in modern society, but not enough numeracy.

26

An economy run by markets / blockchains instead of middlemen / authorities would make our current society look like a communist bureaucracy.

27

We thought the Internet would unite humanity. Perhaps first it'll cluster people by groups and break nations built across tribal boundaries.

28

Society, business & money are downstream of technology, which is itself downstream of science. Science applied is the engine of humanity.

29

The current environment programs the brain but the clever brain can choose its upcoming environment.

30

We each have a contrarian belief that society rejects. But the more our own identity and local tribe reject it, the more real it likely is.

31

A future society will be better served by un-censorable, distributed, open-source social media protocols.

32

A friend who was very successful elsewhere and recently moved here, commented "people here [in Silicon Valley] don't seem very happy."

33

Public music synchronizes the subtle biorhythms of all the people in its space.

34

The problem with any lecture is that if you're in the audience, and above the average targeted, you won't get enough out of it.

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