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Comment author: Michael_G.R. 19 March 2009 02:36:09PM 1 point [-]

"Most Americans of the time were unabashedly racist, had little concept of electricity and none of computing, had vaguely heard of automobiles, etc."

So if you woke up in a strange world with technologies you don't understand (at first) and mainstream values you disagree with (at first), you would rather commit suicide than try to learn about this new world and see if you can have a pleasant life in it?

Comment author: Michael_G.R. 18 March 2009 04:13:36AM 3 points [-]

Yvain wrote: "The deal-breaker is that I really, really don't want to live forever. I might enjoy living a thousand years, but not forever. "

I'm curious to know how you know that in advance? Isn't it like a kid making a binding decision on its future self?

As Aubrey says, (I'm paraphrasing): "If I'm healthy today and enjoying my life, I'll want to wake up tomorrow. And so on." You live a very long time one day at a time.

In response to OB Status Update
Comment author: Michael_G.R. 27 January 2009 10:27:23PM 0 points [-]

Eliezer, could we get a status update on the books that will (I hope) come out of all this material you've been writing?

Is it still part of the grand plan, or did that change?

In response to Getting Nearer
Comment author: Michael_G.R. 18 January 2009 05:29:54PM 0 points [-]

"I think that unless you're revived very quickly after death you'll most likely wake up in a weirdtopia."

Indeed, though a technologically advanced enough weirdtopia might have pretty good ways to help you adapt and feel at home (f.ex. by modifying your own self to keep up with all the post-humans, or by starting you out in a VR world that you can relate to and progressively introducing you to the current world).

In response to Getting Nearer
Comment author: Michael_G.R. 18 January 2009 05:40:53AM 0 points [-]

"What if you wake up in Dystopia?"

What is the counterargument to this?

I'm not sure if it's possible to convincingly argue that a dystopia bad enough to not be worth living in probably wouldn't care much about its citizens, and even less about its cryo-suspended ones, so if things get bad enough your chances of being revived are very low.

Comment author: Michael_G.R. 17 January 2009 06:02:21AM 4 points [-]

I'm currently reading Global Catastrophic Risks by Nick Bostrom and Cirkovic, and it's pretty scary to think of how arbitrarily everything could go bad and we could all live through very hard times indeed.

That kind of reading usually keeps me from having my soul sucked into this imagined great future...

In response to Changing Emotions
Comment author: Michael_G.R. 05 January 2009 04:24:25AM 2 points [-]

"so you don't throw up every time you remember what you did on your vacation."

Oh man. If this AI thing doesn't work out, maybe you can try comedy?

I read on some skeptics blog that Jim Carey left $50 million to Jenny McCarthy. That sure could fund the SIAI for a while...

In response to Growing Up is Hard
Comment author: Michael_G.R. 04 January 2009 09:32:51PM 0 points [-]

"So lack of robustness against insufficient omega 6 does indeed cause much mental illness. (One reason my son has been raised on lots of fish oil.)"

Patri, did you mean Omega 3?

Comment author: Michael_G.R. 14 December 2008 10:27:37PM 0 points [-]

"The paperback has an additional 40-page "Afterword"."

Argh. I already have two copies of the hardback, including an autographed one. Now you're tempting me to get a third copy (makes a good gift, I guess).

In response to Thanksgiving Prayer
Comment author: Michael_G.R. 28 November 2008 09:04:34PM 2 points [-]

Personally this year I'm thankful for the Earth's molten interior:


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