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60 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2007 06:10PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 13 May 2011 02:22:37PM *  11 points [-]

My only 2 consecutive all-nighters ever were Alpha Centauri related, shortly after it's release.

This is somewhat unrelated but, thinking back at my very young self I can't help but wonder how loaded Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is with memes that made me comfortable accepting LW thinking more than a decade later. Many of the same ideas and shibboleths are nearly omnipresent in science fiction but a certain attitude as well as a way of comparing and thinking about values and how one goes about "picking" them (prompted by the dystopian and utopian possibilities of nearly all the original faction's value system), where things I suspect I originally picked up there:

I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice. -CEO Nwabudike Morgan, Morganlink 3D-Vision Interview

and

We hold life to be sacred, but we also know the foundation of life consists in a stream of codes not so different from the successive frames of a watchvid. Why then cannot we cut one code short here, and start another there? Is life so fragile that it can withstand no tampering? Does the sacred brook no improvement? -Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, "Looking God in the Eye"

or

Why do you insist that the human genetic code is "sacred" or "taboo"? It is a chemical process and nothing more. For that matter -we- are chemical processes and nothing more. If you deny yourself a useful tool simply because it reminds you uncomfortably of your mortality, you have uselessly and pointlessly crippled yourself. -Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, "Looking God in the Eye"