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17 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 September 2008 06:02AM

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Comment author: Tom_McCabe2 23 September 2008 05:57:05PM 2 points [-]

"Eliezer2000 lives by the rule that you should always be ready to have your thoughts broadcast to the whole world at any time, without embarrassment."

I can understand most of the paths you followed during your youth, but I don't really get this. Even if it's a good idea for Eliezer_2000 to broadcast everything, wouldn't it be stupid for Eliezer_1200, who just discovered scientific materialism, to broadcast everything?

"If everyone were to live for others all the time, life would be like a procession of ants following each other around in a circle."

For a more mathematical version of this, see http://www.acceleratingfuture.com/tom/?p=99.

"It does not seem a very intuitive belief (except for very religious types and Eliezer1997 was not one of those), so what was its justification?"

WARNING: Eliezer-1999 content.

http://yudkowsky.net/tmol-faq/tmol-faq.html

"Even so, if you don't try, or don't try hard enough, you don't get a chance to sit down at the high-stakes table - never mind the ability ante."

Are you referring to external exclusion of people who don't try, or self-exclusion?

Comment author: PetjaY 03 December 2016 11:15:34AM 0 points [-]

"I can understand most of the paths you followed during your youth, but I don't really get this. Even if it's a good idea for Eliezer2000 to broadcast everything, wouldn't it be stupid for Eliezer1200, who just discovered scientific materialism, to broadcast everything?"

Usually when you broadcast your ignorance you get advice from people who know more. Being silent about your lack of knowledge helps you appear more knowledged for that moment, but slows down learning a lot, so in long run it is not a good idea.