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89 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 September 2007 06:31PM

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Comment author: Anders_Sandberg 11 September 2007 10:44:50PM 2 points [-]

David's comment that we shouldn't ignore people with little political power is a bit problematic. People who are not ignored in a political process have by definition some political power; whoever is ignored lacks power. So the meaning becomes "people who are ignored are ignored all the time". The only way to handle it is to never ignore anybody on anything. So please tell me your views on whether Solna muncipality in Sweden should spend more money on the stairs above the station, or a traffic light - otherwise the decision will not be fully democratic.

I wonder if the sensitivity for applause lights is different in different cultures. When I lectured in Madrid I found mine and several friend's speeches fall relatively flat, despite being our normally successful "standard speeches". But a few others got roaring responses at the applause lights - we were simply not turning them on brighly enough. The reward of a roaring applause is of course enough to bias a speaker to start pouring on more applause lights.

Hmm, was my use of "bias" above just an applause light for Overcoming Bias?

Comment author: bigjeff5 31 January 2011 04:20:35PM 0 points [-]

The reward of a roaring applause is of course enough to bias a speaker to start pouring on more applause lights. Hmm, was my use of "bias" above just an applause light for Overcoming Bias?

Perhaps a better word would be "train".