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75 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 01 April 2009 09:51AM

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Comment author: JamesAndrix 01 April 2009 06:28:20PM 2 points [-]

Why is it acceptable overhead to cater to primate impulses to the tune of $110,000?

I get that part of rationality is making the most of the faulty brain you have, but I'm not clear on the right way to decide which instincts to fight against, and which to placate.

And why does having more money justify spending SO more on fuzzies or status? wouldn't it be cheaper to have a social circle of non-billionaires, and have top-dog status by being the first with a macbook air? (which you would have bought anyway)

Comment author: MichaelVassar 02 April 2009 12:12:24AM 8 points [-]

No. MUCH more expensive. It would hurt your business interests. Really, $110,000 is an order of magnitude too little for a billionaire.