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125 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 17 November 2011 07:28PM

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Comment author: mjr 17 November 2011 10:54:16AM 6 points [-]

Good show.

To nitpick just a bit, one can genuinely care about a cause, just care about being a lazy piece of shit even more. (I certainly value being lazy a lot, to some of me's annoyance.) Not that that invalidates people generally caring about the appearances more.

Comment author: Giles 17 November 2011 10:52:03PM 3 points [-]

I think it's possible to distinguish this case from the empty signaling that Kaj_Sotala describes. People who "genuinely care about a cause, just care about being a lazy piece of shit even more" would spend their non-lazy time researching the optimal charity (with respect to the cause that they care about), set up a monthly donation which is as large as they can afford without impacting their laziness potential, and then go back to being lazy. Obviously very different behavior from the usual appearing-to-care.

Comment author: MatthewBaker 18 November 2011 12:41:02AM 1 point [-]

This is me, but I also have several long term money making ideas that should greatly forward the cause and so far two of them seem to be progressing nicely.