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

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Comment author: Cyan2 13 January 2009 10:14:42PM 5 points [-]

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

The term "utopia" was a deliberate pun on "outopia" meaning "no place" and "eutopia" meaning "good place". It seems doubtful that Thomas More actually intended to depict his personal ideal society, so one might say that Utopia is the original Weirdtopia.

I think we're looking at premature search-halts here.

I plead no contest.