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27 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 17 December 2008 11:33PM

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Comment author: Ben_Jones 19 December 2008 12:47:37PM 0 points [-]

How odd, I just finished reading The State of the Art yesterday. And even stranger, I thought 'Theory of Fun' while reading it. Also, nowhere near the first time that something I've been reading has come up here in a short timeframe. Need to spend less time on this blog!

Trying to anticipate the next few posts without reading:

Any Theory of Fun will have to focus on that elusive magical barrier that distinguishes what we do from what Orgasmium does. Why should it be that we place a different on earning fun from simply mainlining it? The intuitive answer is that 'fun' is the synthesis of endeavour and payoff. Fun is what our brains do when we are rewarded for effort. The more economical and elegant the effort we put in for higher rewards the better. It's more fun to play Guitar Hero when you're good at it, right?

But it can't just be about ratio of effort to reward, since orgasmium has an infinite ratio in this sense. So we want to put in a quantity of elegant, efficient effort, and get back a requisite reward. Still lots of taboo-able terms in there, but I'll think further on this.