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John_Maxwell_IV comments on Roadmap: Plan of Action to Prevent Human Extinction Risks - Less Wrong

13 Post author: turchin 01 June 2015 09:58AM

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Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 02 June 2015 08:55:08AM *  7 points [-]

What about taking steps to reduce the incidence of conflict, e.g. making meditation more pleasant/enjoyable/accessible/effective so people chill out more? Improved translation/global English fluency could help people understand one another. Fixing harmful online discussion dynamics could also do this, and prevent frivolous conflicts from brewing as often.

BTW, both Nick Beckstead and Brian Tomasik have research-wanted lists that might be relevant.

Comment author: turchin 02 June 2015 08:57:58PM 2 points [-]

I like your ideas "reduce the incidence of conflict" - maybe by some mild psychedelic or brain stimulation? and "Improved translation/global English fluency". I would be happy to provide you two awards - how can I do it? Also links are useful, thanks.

Comment author: John_Maxwell_IV 03 June 2015 06:12:52AM *  1 point [-]

I'm not sure "Improved translation/global English fluency" is an unalloyed good... could lead to a harmful global monoculture (putting all our eggs in one basket culturally). Feel free to reduce my award count by one :)

Also helping Westerners chill out could leave them less prepared to deal with belligerent Middle Easterners.

Comment author: turchin 03 June 2015 10:23:54AM 1 point [-]

Ok, how I could send it to you?