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Will_Pearson comments on Building Weirdtopia - Less Wrong

28 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 January 2009 08:35PM

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Comment author: Will_Pearson 13 January 2009 09:08:24PM 3 points [-]

Personally I don't find the scientific weirdtopia strangely appealing. Finding knowledge for me is about sharing it later.

Utopia originally meant no-place, I have a hard time forgetting that meaning when people talk about them.

I'd personally prefer to work towards negated-dystopias. Which is not necessarily the same thing as working towards Utopia, depending on how broad your class of dystopia is. For example rather than try and maximise Fun, I would want to minimize the chance that humanity and all its work were lost to extinction. If there is time and energy to devote to Fun while humanity survives then people can figure it out for themselves.

Comment author: Salivanth 16 April 2012 06:03:19PM 1 point [-]

Damn, I hadn't thought of that...to spend MONTHS discovering something REALLY COOL like gravity, and then realising: You can never tell anyone. Ever.

Comment author: orthonormal 16 April 2012 06:18:30PM 5 points [-]

No, you just have to find the Newtonian Conspiracy and party with them, until you notice that its brightest members eventually leave for something else.