Re: New essay online: Advice for Singularity Writers

From: Cliff Stabbert (
Date: Sat Mar 15 2003 - 08:30:57 MST

Saturday, March 15, 2003, 9:54:14 AM, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

ESY> So much for the hopes of obtaining any useful feedback.

Useful feedback is hard to give in multiple choice format; and as you
point out, Internet polls are not ideal to begin with except insofar
as they enable J.R. "Bob" Dobbs to almost be voted People Magazine's
Man of the Year and the like.

On the essay itself, there is a long and proud tradition of asceticism
in/during the pursuit of difficult and/or lofty goals, be they
intellectual, scientific or spiritual. Some people function like
Lawrence Waterhouse in Neal Stephenson's _Cryptonomicon_ while for
others, it's just the reverse. Had it been an option, I would have
chosen "Do whatever works for you but don't a priori commit yourself
to specific strategies; something new may become apparent." Then
again, I take it you already do that.


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