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49 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2008 08:40PM

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Comment author: baz 30 March 2008 02:45:10AM 1 point [-]

This is a great blog post. Reading it was actually fun as I anticipated what would happen next as I do for regular fiction. I liked how the story reiterated messages you've talked about before but in a way that seems more clear(combined with the previous formal essays) - this is probably because storytelling has an appeal that is more accessible to most people.

At first I thought he paused after saying "one" because nothing has a probability of one or zero but that was cause I didn't read carefully. I think something like this really would be a good motivator to learn science. Before reading your ideas on this I had a sort of unthinking distrust/dislike of overblown pomp and ritual but now that I see its possibilities as a 'hack' on human nature used for something worthwhile...