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Comment author: Clarity 27 August 2015 11:09:49AM 1 point [-]

I'm going coldturkey on compulsive porn, music, junk foods, procrastination, negativity, worry, approval and gambling, all of which have been conceptualised as addictions, for at least one year and hopefully life. I've tried this moderation approach fmany times and failed, so this is it.

Comment author: knb 29 August 2015 12:30:15AM 0 points [-]

Good luck!

Comment author: knb 25 August 2015 07:47:20AM *  1 point [-]

Eh, I'm a lot less pessimistic about this, some of it is probably socially conditioned and can change with time. I think there's probably a difference between offering a theoretical rejuvenation pill to a healthy 65 year old retiree and offering it to a disabled, cancer-ridden 85 year old woman who is going blind from macular degeneration. I think as the pain of aging compounds with time, the rejuvenation pill looks more and more appealing. And I suspect that much of the "tired of life/ready to die" attitude old people have (to a certain extent this may be something they say because it is expected) is a response to their low energy levels and the background level of pain they experience. I doubt if you actually rejuvenated an elderly person to a youthful state they would persist in welcoming death.

Comment author: knb 25 August 2015 01:19:06AM *  5 points [-]

I'm surprised to see this at 45% positive. I wonder if someone is mass-upvoting this, or if people are just upvoting it as a satire. If it is a concerted effort to mass-upvote, what is the point? To make Less Wrong seem crazy?

Comment author: Clarity 24 August 2015 09:26:10AM -3 points [-]

I feel guilty that I'm not using facebook, something that might be pretty exclusive to our generations, where the next version may be less amenable to such gaming, to use it to do something BIG - like start the next arab spring, or push products to sell, or become a politician and advertise on it using my youthful savvy. Can anybody pass on some advice?

Comment author: knb 25 August 2015 01:14:12AM 5 points [-]

Why do you think you would be so good at influencing people on Facebook?

Comment author: Alicorn 24 August 2015 11:45:17PM 7 points [-]

I feel like "in order to gauge our cultishness" is too specific/conjunctive for that much of your probability mass.

Comment author: knb 25 August 2015 01:05:47AM 6 points [-]

Yeah, it just seems like a low-effort troll to me.

Comment author: Viliam 07 August 2015 08:52:03AM 13 points [-]

When something impossible happens, there are only two possibilities. Either your assumptions are wrong or you have gone crazy.

Psycho Pass S02E07

Comment author: knb 23 August 2015 01:18:58AM 2 points [-]

Psycho Pass is a pretty good show, definitely on my "recommend list." Also a pretty good example of something Yvain mentioned recently, a dystopia that isn't necessarily as bad as it is depicted.

Comment author: PECOS-9 21 August 2015 11:38:48PM 2 points [-]

What should you be doing right now if you believe that advances in AI are about to cause large-scale unemployment within the next 20 years (ignoring the issue of FAI for the sake of discussion)?

Comment author: knb 22 August 2015 07:00:50AM 4 points [-]

I think the standard answer is "acquire capital." Figuring out which tasks are AI hard and then specializing in those is another possibility.

Comment author: VoiceOfRa 22 August 2015 05:53:30AM *  2 points [-]

Well, lesbians certainly seem to be disproportionately represented among women with scholarly inclinations.

Edit: and an even higher proportion of women who stay single.

Comment author: knb 22 August 2015 06:58:45AM 0 points [-]

Really? Do you have a source for this? I have noticed lesbians seem to be over-represented among stand-up comediennes.

Comment author: btrettel 11 August 2015 07:49:28PM 0 points [-]

While I'm not sure about some of the details, I agree that performance enhancing drugs should be legal. They certainly are no less fair than the genetic lottery, and no more dangerous than training can be.

Comment author: knb 12 August 2015 12:11:34AM 1 point [-]

They certainly are no less fair than the genetic lottery, and no more dangerous than training can be.

Agree, plus some PEDs improve healing time after injuries and possibly make some injuries less likely. The big reason people oppose PEDs in professional sports is they don't want to see their pre-PED-era heroes' records getting smashed all the time by roided out super-athletes. For example there was a huge backlash when Barry Bonds beat Hank Aaron's career home-runs record.

Comment author: pcm 07 August 2015 03:05:27PM 5 points [-]

One of the stronger factors influencing the frequency of wars is the ratio of young men to older men. Life extension would change that ratio to imply fewer wars. See http://earthops.org/immigration/Mesquida_Wiener99.pdf.

Stable regimes seem to have less need for oppression than unstable ones. So while I see some risk that mild oppression will be more common with life extension, I find it hard to see how that would increase existential risks.

Comment author: knb 11 August 2015 10:50:26AM 2 points [-]

But why do young men cause wars (assuming they do)? If everyone remains biologically 22 forever, are they psychologically more similar to actual 22 year-olds or to whatever their chronological age is? If younger men are more aggressive due to higher testosterone levels (or whatever) agelessness might actually have the opposite effect, increasing the percentage of the male population which is aggressive.

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