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Manfred comments on Building Weirdtopia - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Manfred 06 July 2011 03:57:34AM *  10 points [-]

Phys. Ed. Utopia: Everyone exercises regularly, eats their wheaties, has athletic sex with good looking people.

Dystopia: Everyone is big and flabby and disgustingly lazy. Ability to use body atrophies until even standing up is an extreme challenge.

Weirdtopia: Children initiate mandatory ninja training at age 5. The world is full of parkour courses where once there were sidewalks. People are judged harshly if they can't keep up.

OR

Rather than classical "good health," fashionable people sculpt their bodies into interesting shapes with the help of highly specific and commonly-performed exercises prescribed by regimen-planning software.

Comment author: endoself 06 July 2011 04:23:16AM 0 points [-]

Rather than classical "good health," fashionable people sculpt their bodies into interesting shapes with the help of highly specific and commonly-performed exercises prescribed by regimen-planning software.

Isn't this how certain sports work already, to the detriment of the athletes' healths?

Comment author: Manfred 06 July 2011 05:23:51AM 0 points [-]

I don't have enough familiarity with the field to easily google up an example, but I meant meeting some abstract aesthetic goal rather than a real-world measurable one. I'm sure someone out there has done this - carefully trained their body to be interestingly asymmetric, or developed only alternate rows of abdominal muscles, or worked out so that when they pose a certain way their body makes a certain set of curves.