[sl4] Re: zero to Shock Level 4 in 20 minutes

From: Aleksei Riikonen (aleksei@iki.fi)
Date: Mon Aug 24 2009 - 11:15:44 MDT


On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 5:40 PM, Rick Schwall <r.schwall@verizon.net> wrote:
>
> However, I have found common folks surprisingly receptive to some of our key
> ideas, as long as I present them as "it could be that ..." rather than
> asserting them as True.

I'm glad to hear you don't assert them as True. Indeed they *aren't*,
and you have a psychological challenge you should face if a part of
you would want to present them as such.

> 3.C.i. Humanity has been bad, and should fear the coming of an unbiased
> Power.

Not that I'd endorse the content of your statement, but you're doing
all of us interested in the topics you comment on a disservice by
using such unnecessarily dramatic language. It makes you sound like a
cultist.

It's not important to fear anything, and it's not important to go
around pronouncing "Humanity has been bad". When you see a complex
threat, what's important is to keep your head cool and calmly think
what are the useful things you could do about it.

You would do well to try to learn from e.g. Nick Bostrom's style of
going about things.

-- 
Aleksei Riikonen - http://www.iki.fi/aleksei


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