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44 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 26 September 2008 09:18AM

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Comment author: Yep 26 September 2008 01:05:08PM 4 points [-]

I was curious how you'd react when you eventually realized you weren't as bright as you thought you were. The journey to full comprehension isn't complete yet, but it's interesting seeing this little bit unfold. For all your disdain of modesty arguments, your life makes for a great demonstration of how one can go wrong if they go unheeded.

Comment author: gwern 06 January 2011 06:41:30PM 15 points [-]

At the very least, his life will be interesting and will have affected a great many people in a positive; that is more than most could claim.

Comment author: multifoliaterose 07 January 2011 12:34:51AM 3 points [-]

The question is just how this compares with what he would have done otherwise.

Comment author: gwern 07 January 2011 01:03:27AM 7 points [-]

Hm, Yep sounds as if Eliezer's life is a net loss:

your life makes for a great demonstration of how one can go wrong if they go unheeded.

Not as if his life simply was suboptimal and with considerable opportunity cost.