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

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Comment author: Gondolinian 05 June 2015 05:22:09PM *  2 points [-]

I don't think this is how it works with people. Especially ones with full 'net access.

You're right; that was poorly phrased. I meant that they would have a lot less tying them down to the mainstream, like heavy schoolwork, expectations to get a good job, etc. Speaking from my own experience, not having those makes a huge difference in what ideas you're able to take seriously.

The Internet exposes one to many ideas, but 99% of them are nonsense, and smart people with the freedom to think about the things they want to think about eventually become pretty good at seeing that (again speaking from personal experience), so I think Internet access helps rather than hurts this "blank slate"-ness.

Comment author: Lumifer 05 June 2015 06:39:31PM 0 points [-]

they would have a lot less tying them down to the mainstream, like heavy schoolwork, expectations to get a good job, etc

I am confused as to why do you think it's a good thing.

You're basically trying to increase the variance of outcomes. I have no idea why do you think this variance will go precisely in the direction you want. For all I know you'll grow a collection of very very smart sociopaths. Or maybe wireheads. Or prophets of a new religion. Or something else entirely.