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14 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 18 May 2008 05:19AM

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Comment author: Grant 18 May 2008 07:29:13AM 4 points [-]

I was more or less surrounded by people of average sanity when I grew up, but they still seemed pretty nuts to me. (Completely off-topic, but I really wonder why people tell children known-fantasies such as Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny)

I don't think its really accurate to say most people are insane. Clearly they need to be sane for the world to keep on running. IMO, they are insane when they can afford to be - which is pretty common in politics, religion and untestable hypothesizes, but a LOT less common in the workplace. Most people just aren't interested in truth because truth doesn't pay out in a lot of circumstances. I wonder if science might change in your direction (and how quickly?) if betting markets were more commonly accepted?

Comment author: TheAncientGeek 01 May 2014 11:04:35PM 0 points [-]

Never mind the Easter Bunny, what about Harry Potter?

Comment author: gjm 10 December 2014 10:55:01PM 5 points [-]

Harry Potter is overtly fictional and no one tells their children about him as if he's real.