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25 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 13 April 2009 01:26AM

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Comment author: AndySimpson 13 April 2009 07:44:53AM 2 points [-]

That is frighteningly plausible. But how do you explain our political obsessions like abortion, gay marriage, or drugs? Those things aren't existential threats, but our political discourse treats them like they are and they often dominate the discussion.

Comment author: Nebu 15 April 2009 07:22:46PM 0 points [-]

Perhaps we differentiate between talking about a situation (e.g. "someone ought to do something about gay marriage") and "actually doing something" about it (e.g. writing your governmental representative).