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

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Comment author: Caledonian2 09 January 2009 06:07:46PM 0 points [-]

I would suggest that this book, and the two books immediately preceding it, are an examination of the difference between what people believe they want the world to be and what they actually want and need it to be. When people gain enough power to create their vision of the perfect world, they do - and then find they've constructed an elaborate prison at best and a slow and terrible death at worst.

An actual "perfect world" can't be safe, controlled, or certain -- and the inevitable consequence of that is pain. But so is delight.