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Great post, thank you! This could help explain the general intuition about “too good to be true”.

Culture seems like an object of this type! For better or for worse.

Yes! And additionally, that even conditional on all of Yudkowsky's dire predictions being correct, that we can perform significantly better as a community (and civilization) by taking a more positive attitude (as exemplified by Paul's post).


People and entire societies have faced tough situations (including existential ones) many times and I think there are patterns to what sorts of attitudes maximize probability of success. Facing the brutal facts but remaining hopeful, passionate, and creative.

Excellent post, thank you Paul. This is an important message that the community needs to hear right now.