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63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: rwallace 31 July 2009 05:52:08AM 10 points [-]

Indeed; once one understands that failure comes with a whimper not a bang, the history of our own world seems to me to contain quite a few just barelys, from a planet barely large enough to evolve sentient life, to quirks of psychology that led people to make advances the benefits of which could not have been apparent at the time. This story sums it up pretty nicely.

Comment author: wedrifid 31 July 2009 06:14:39AM 3 points [-]

Those quirks of psychology do seem like a rather big 'just barely'.