From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Apr 13 2002 - 22:04:56 MDT
Just a reminder... this is not the Extropians list and all political issues
that do not contain *direct* futuristic content are not appropriate for
SL4. I'm not saying that a good pre-Singularity sapiens should never think
about politics or that politics has no conceivable impact on the
Singularity, but SL4 does specialize and there are more appropriate forums.
The great social game of politics can affect the Singularity and it's okay
to pay attention to it, but actually becoming emotionally involved in it is
a separate issue. Naturally our hunter-gatherer genes predispose us to
grant an enormous amount of attention to the modern-day equivalent of tribal
factional politics, and naturally this is not the rational distribution of
effort for a Singularitarian or anyone else who can leverage their effect on
the future through more effective means than enjoyable political argument.
Politics, viewed externally, is a real phenomenon that has a real impact on
the Singularity; viewed internally, it is a sport with teams.
It's okay to have a favorite team. It may even genuinely be the best team
for the Singularity. But please don't cheer your team on SL4.
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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://intelligence.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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