(The last panel also illustrates Hanson's near vs far distinction.)

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Yep, this guy's definitely making fun of Hanson specifically.

Maybe. I'd really like to see a more convincing example of SMBC taking direct inspiration from Overcoming Bias or Less Wrong. I saw hundreds of comics with themes like transhumanism, decision theory, signalling, meta-ethics etc, and I could never spot any indisputable link.

Alternatively, Zach, please reply if you are here. Thanks!