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Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

FWIW I am attacking certain community norms, and I’m trying to use humor to do that. I can understand how this can shock and offend people I care about in the community. I’ve been through similar things before and it sucks, but I sometimes choose to do it anyway. Gadflies are important. I’m not talking about this dumb bet, exactly, but the “bet” has inspired me to work on more elaborate things that play off it. For instance: https://rokosbasilisknovel.com. Seeking constructive feedback.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

Thank you Korin43! I found this feedback super-useful.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

Further clarification: Zvi put quotes around the word “genius” and meant it ironically. Neither he nor anyone in the rationalist community has ever to my knowledge actually accused me of higher than average intelligence.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

I get that the original version at least appears one-sided.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

BTW: Presently trying to Steel Man the attacks against me.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

I did get upset at being called a Troll. That is the only part of your description I can agree with. The bet is not one-sided.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

That is what was said. I’m also pretty sure it’s wrong FWIW... but I can’t explain why without spoiling the joke. I know this will get me downvoted. Shrug

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

Steve, I see how this was an offensive way to describe what Zvi wrote. He did use that word but not in the way I implied. All my (secret) criterion required was that he use the word “genius” somehow in his email and point it at me. To be clear: He meant if I won the bet, then I would be a genius.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

Hey Laura, would love to talk by Skype if you are free. See my note to Ray below.

Explaining "The Crackpot Bet"

Ray, I just tried calling you and Zvi. I would love to talk with someone who can set me straight. I understand well that people are upset and I almost certainly did something “bad” by some definition of that word. I don’t get all the hostility now that I mostly explained it.

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