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

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Comment author: ChrisHallquist 18 November 2011 03:19:47AM 5 points [-]

Question: do you have any advice for people who want "to do something about Singularity" but are afraid of falling into the trap you describe?

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 18 November 2011 06:22:08AM 5 points [-]

Just spending more time trying to figure out whether your actions actually make sense ought to help. More specifically, try to e.g. go through the steps listed at Humans are not automatically strategic to figure out what your comparative advantage is. Also, like other people have suggested, try to align your status-seeking drive with doing things that are actually beneficial. If you're going to embark on a life-long quest, you'll need every possible motivational tool you can use, status considerations being one of them.