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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 December 2008 12:31AM

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Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 20 December 2008 03:10:14PM 9 points [-]

But apparently, once you do a little group theory, write a few operas, and solve the mystery of consciousness, there isn't much else worth doing in life: you've exhausted the entirety of Fun Space down to the level of table legs.

Hmm. I didn't read the book that way: I never got the impression that he'd be doing table legs because he'd exhausted all the challenging stuff. Instead I interpreted it as his exoself just randomly picking different kinds of tasks, with the table leg bit just happening by chance to follow a sequence of higher-complexity tasks.