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If You Demand Magic, Magic Won't Help

I think 3d printing and Kickstarter are beginning to make this concept match more to our reality.

Welcome to Less Wrong! (July 2012)

Greetings. My name is Albert Perrien. I was initially drawn to this site by my personal search on metacognition; and only really connected after having stumbled across “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality”, which I found an interesting read. My professional background is in computer engineering, database administration, and data mining, with personal studies of Machine Learning, AI and mathematics. I find the methods given here to promote rational thought and bias reduction fascinating, and the math behind everything enlightening.

Recently I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the topic of a Resetting Gandhi-Einstein, and personally, I find that I would volunteer for such a state, given prior knowledge of what I signed up for and an interesting and useful enough problem. I realize that I would only retain limited knowledge from incarnation to incarnation, but given a worthy enough mental problem and reasonably well simulated environment, I see nothing innately wrong with it. And finally, that leads me to some questions:

  • What sort of challenges would there be in volunteering to do this, and how should volunteers be chosen?

  • Should this even be something that should be done, even given a willing subject?

  • How many iterations should an individual be subjected to?

  • How many others here would volunteer for such a state, and what sort of problems would you be willing to make that sacrifice for?

This last question being possibly personal, please don't think me too forward. For me, I'd like to help with some sort of medical problem, say for example, autoimmune diseases... (edit: Mangled the formatting...)