Elon Musk Unveils a Summer Reading Idea

Elon Musk Unveils a Summer Reading Idea ...

Tesla (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc. Reportboss Elon Musk is that he is never boring.

Some on social media have questioned his choices after a months-long campaign (with much of it conducted in public tweets) to purchase Twitter (TWTR) - Get Twitter Inc. Reportfor $44 billion followed by a withdrawal of the offer (which Twitter sued him for).

Musk is often referred to as a genius by some and a loose cannon by others, but there's one thing for sure: people are usually interested in what he has to say, whether it's about Tesla's ultra-modern Cybertruck or his Boring Company hyperloop rail system.

Tesla continues to prosper, outperforming well-known carmakers such as General Motors (GM) - Get Ford Motor Company Report, and people are also interested in how Musk views business, hoping they might learn something from him that will help their own businesses prosper.

It's also been a popular topic in the past, including "Einstein: His Life and Universe," "Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down," and "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies."

Musk has tweeted about a new favorite, and you might want to know more about it if you like what he writes.

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Elon Musk's New Favorite Book: What Is He?

On August 2, Musk tweeted about William MacAskill's book "What We Owe The Future," declaring it a "close match" for his own ideology.

The book, as the author puts it, supports longtermism, stating, "that positively affecting the long-run future is a top moral concern of our time."

Longtermism is not a new concept, although some consider it a dangerous one. Phil Torres, an Aeon author and PhD candidate, explains the reasons.

"I believe this has to change because, as a former longtermist who wrote a book in support of the general idea four years ago, I have come to believe this worldview is possibly the most dangerous secular belief system in the world today."

Torres continues to explain what he believes is the root of long-termism.

"Longtermism, as proposed by Bostrom and Beckstead, isn't equivalent to concern for the long term or valuing the welfare of future generations," he says. "At its core, it's a simple but flawed, analogy between individuals and humanity as a whole."

Musk's fascination with the notion of long-termism is not new. In the past, he's donated $1.5 million to the Future of Life, a group founded by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom, who is also a firm believer in long-termism (and you may recognize Bostrom's name from Musk's favorite books list as well).

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