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BarbaraB comments on Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences) - Less Wrong

110 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 July 2007 10:59PM

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Comment author: BarbaraB 14 June 2012 08:55:57PM 0 points [-]

I played a mental game trying to make predictions based on the information, that Wulky Wilkinsen is post-utopian and shows colonial allienation - never heard of any of that before :-). Wulky Wilkinsen is post-utopian ... I expect to find a bunch of critically acclaimed authors, who wrote their most famous books before Wulky wrote his most famous books (5 - 15 years ahead ?), lived in the same general area as Wulky, and portrayed people who were more altruistic and prone to serve general good than we normally see in real life. It does not say too much about the actual writing style of Wulky - he could have written either in the similar way as "the bunch" (utopians), or just the opposite - he could have been just fed up by the utopians' style and portray people more evil than we normally see in everyday life. So my prediction does not tell what Wulky's books feel like, but it is still a prediction, right ? Colonial allienation - the book contains characters that have lived in a colony (e.g. India) for a long time (athough they might have just arrived to the "maternal" colonial country, e.g. Britain). These characters are confronted with other characters that have lived in the "maternal" colonial country for a long time (athough they might have just arrived to the colony :-) ). There are conflicts between these two groups of people, based on their background. They have different preferences when they are making decisions, probably involving other people. Thus they are allienated. Do not tell me this was not the point of Eliezer's post, let me just have some fun !