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39 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 October 2007 03:57AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 17 October 2007 05:14:09PM 23 points [-]

People who don't read science fiction at all often seem extremely vulnerable to absurdity bias, that is, they assume the future is the present in silver jumpsuits wearing jetpacks. Since they haven't read 100 different future scenarios, they assume the silver jumpsuits are the only scenario that exists. The alternative to reading science fiction is often spontaneously reinventing really bad science fiction.