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

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Comment author: [deleted] 11 December 2013 09:22:05AM *  0 points [-]

But in my own case, since I already work in the nonprofit sector, the further question arises as to whether I could have better employed the same sixty seconds in a more specialized way, to bring greater benefit to others.

You're assuming that time, rather than stamina, is the limiting factor to the amount of work you can get done in a given day, but if that's so then sleeping is the hugest time waste ever. (Or that telling someone that their trunk is open costs as much stamina as the same amount of time spent on your day job.)

(And then there are acausal effects: if you hold doors open for people, then people sufficiently similar to you will hold doors open for you, and the overall time spent on walking through doors will go down. Where I come from everybody holds doors open for pretty much everybody else all the time, and if someone didn't I'd assume they were in a hurry, didn't see me, or were a foreigner.)