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39 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 08 January 2009 11:49PM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 09 January 2009 02:38:14AM 11 points [-]

Without pain can there be heroism?

If you want to save anyone from really serious trouble, act now, your window of opportunity won't last forever.

Are you sure you've got the causation right there? Couldn't it be that abusive people are likely to be related to other abusive people?

Certainly not all abused children become abusers, and people are indeed more resilient than some myths would have it. But TGGP, if we're going to be all evo-psych anyway, then it's often stepchildren who get abused. If they tend not to continue the cycle of abuse, that would certainly be news to me.

This is a less serious criticism of Eliezer than the others, but it's funny how often people go on about this rather easily preventable disease

AIDS goes on grinding you down - separating you from other people socially, even. Most cancers kill you quicker.

Comment author: [deleted] 04 February 2012 08:24:10PM 2 points [-]

AIDS goes on grinding you down - separating you from other people socially, even. Most cancers kill you quicker.

If you have the good fortune of being wealthy, AIDS is slowly becoming more and more like contagious diabetes rather than something that robs your (now shortened) years of most of their meaning.

Comment author: pnrjulius 07 June 2012 12:03:26AM 2 points [-]

But that just means we're achieving the transhuman goal by pieces. AIDS is no longer the terrible disease it once was... and one day it won't be a disease at all.

Comment author: [deleted] 07 June 2012 05:18:41AM 1 point [-]

I was nitpicking and sharing some good news.