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Ritual Report: Schelling Day

As one of the participants, I can honestly say Schelling Day was a highlight of the past year. The experience was every bit as powerful as described. Afterwards, I felt a sense of friendship and goodwill towards my friends (old and new) that was nearly overwhelming.

Thank you so much for organizing this event. Here's to next year's Schelling Day!

Meetup Interest: Rhode Island

I live in MA, close to the RI border. I go to the Cambridge, MA meetups but I'd love to do a couple meetups in Providence! Contact me if you're interested.

Brain Preservation

This has been mentioned before, but are you taking the positive externalities of cryonics into account?

Specifically, signing up for cryonics increases the visibility and probably the credibility of cryonics. Consider also that cryonics is so tiny that one additional member has a relatively large impact.

Many of your objections to cryonics are based on the world of today, where cryonics is weird and marginalized. Have you tried recalculating your probability of cryonics success in a hypothetical world where cryonics is normal?

I think the most likely path to ... (read more)

1handoflixue9yExternalities are irrelevant if it turns out that revivification is impossible and cryonics doesn't work.

are you taking the positive externalities of cryonics into account?

I'm not taking them into account, but mostly because I think they're small. The cryonics wants to be big article is only concerned with the storage costs, which I think are not a big issue. The big cost currently is in preparation for freezing, not the keeping cold. (Freezing and preparation is ~$100K while long term is only ~$100/year (so $10K if you can get 1% real return).

Hanson's article brings up more issues, which I think is good.

Even if cryonics became massively popular, howev... (read more)

5Bugmaster9yWouldn't a world where cryonics is normal have a very high probability of being a world where cryonics is already successful (i.e., people are getting revived successfully all the time) ? I have trouble imagining a world where cryonics is normal and popular, and yet it has no proven track record -- unless cryonics became a religious issue, somehow...
0Friendly-HI10yThank you, that would be very much appreciated :)
Details of Taskforces; or, Cooperate Now

I'm in the greater Boston area and would definitely be a part of this.

Procedural Knowledge Gaps

Most tupperware should be "dishwasher safe", meaning it's been tested to high temperatures and won't melt even in the lower rack of the dishwasher. The real problem with putting tupperware, or indeed any plastic container, in the bottom rack is the water jets. The jets shoot out of the aerator (that's the plastic spinny thing on the bottom), and will blow light objects around the dishwasher instead of scrubbing them out. Putting tupperware on the top rack restricts their movements.

2soreff10yAgreed. Also, for light objects, it is handy to have something to hold them down, even on the upper rack. I have a small plastic-covered-wire rack which I put over light objects (normally plastic ones) on the top rack of a dishwasher to prevent them from getting flipped over.
[anonymous]11y10

Most tupperware should be "dishwasher safe", meaning it's been tested to high temperatures and won't melt even in the lower rack of the dishwasher.

I think there is vocabulary confusion happening here.

Real Tupperware -- the expensive stuff -- is nigh-indestructable. Some of it is made out of polycarbonate, the same material used for windshields in fighter jets and in presidential limos. At the thickness used in the Tupperware line, it is not quite bulletproof, but it is still very, very tough. You don't have to worry about it in the dishwasher... (read more)

0MartinB11yI had a teapot cover fall into the heating spiral and partly melt. Thats not recommend.
Is cryonics necessary?: Writing yourself into the future

Spoiler warning for a Greg Egan short story...

Steve Fever is this suggestion, exactly. It is a fairly disturbing account of an unFriendly AI attempting to resurrect a dead man using this method. Recommended.

3[anonymous]11yThis is also a primary plot point of the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica. This also comes in Charles Stross's Accelerando up when some evil AIs decide to do this to most of humanity based on our historical records. The full text of the novel is at http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/fiction/accelerando/accelerando.html [http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/fiction/accelerando/accelerando.html] Search for "Frequently Asked Questions" to find the relevant section. There is also another similarly interesting plot thread in the story which can be summed up by this excerpt: