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Comment author: komponisto 19 September 2012 01:22:31PM *  16 points [-]

since you're lucky enough to be part of a physical community of "similar" people

Was Eliezer "lucky" to have cofounded the Singularity Institute and Overcoming Bias?

The causes of his being in such a happy situation (is that better?) were clearly not the point here, and, quite frankly, I think you knew that.

But if you insist on an answer to this irrelevant rhetorical question, the answer is yes. Eliezer_2012 is indeed quite fortunate to have been preceded by all those previous Eliezers who did those things.

EY owns LessWrong

Then, like I implied, he should just admit to making a decision on the basis of his own personal preference (if indeed that's what's going on), instead of constructing a rationalization about the opinions of offline folks being somehow more important or "appropriately" filtered.

Comment author: DaFranker 19 September 2012 06:30:07PM 0 points [-]

(...) on the basis of his own personal preference (...)

I would replace preference with hypothesis of what constitutes the optimal rationality-refining community.

They are sensibly the same, but I find the latter to be a more useful reduction that is more open to being refined in turn.