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Three Worlds Collide Highly recommended Haunting, I continue to think about it almost every day even months after I read it The most sober reasoning about alienness that you re likely to find One of its conclusions provocations, that if you look at the distribution of possible space faring civilizations, it s probable that if they re legible recognizable at all then they re morally monstrous At the same time of course a future, space faring humanity may also be monstrous Do explore this idea by reading the whol Highly recommended Haunting, I continue to think about it almost every day even months after I read it The most sober reasoning about alienness that you re likely to find One of its conclusions provocations, that if you look at the distribution of possible space faring civilizations, it s probable that if they re legible recognizable at all then they re morally monstrous At the same time of course a future, space faring humanity may also be monstrous Do explore this idea by reading the whole story or, as I did, the audiobook from eneasz brodski at hpmorpodcast.com I especially recommend to fans of Butler s Xenogenesis similar, sometimes identical themes explored with a very different choice of granularity lens Warning some aspects of the story aren t recognizable or intuitive if you re not a card carrying cultmember of transhumanism enlightenment, but for the most part it s a gentle introduction Maybe the best short story I ever read If you do not get HPMOR, you should anyway try this.This is like Star Trek but orders of magnitude better These 100 pages, contain the intellectual value of 2000 pages of traditional sci fi, and without the nonsense.If Yudkowsky is not canon in 2100, then canon is mostly random He is Borges and Bertrand Russel in one. Three Worlds Collide is a story I wrote to illustrate some points on naturalistic metaethics and diverse other issues of rational conduct It grew, as such things do, into a small novella On publication, it proved widely popular and widely criticized Be warned that the story, as it wrote itself, ended up containing some profanity and PGcontent [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk as such things do ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk into a small novella On publication [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk it proved widely popular and widely criticized Be warned that the story ❰Download❯ ➺ Braving the Wilderness Author Brené Brown – 9facts.co.uk as it wrote itself [Ebook] ➣ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk ended up containing some profanity and PGcontent Yudkowsky is officially one of my favorite thinkers Too bad he doesn t writeoften I liked the way he shaped hpmor, although I didn t like the whole story But this time around, he presented a very disturbing version of prisoner s dilemma, in a sci fi about different kinds of sentient beings, and how their morals might be radically different from ours It is very thought provoking and I really enjoyed this piece of work.I hope He writesstories I m definitely gonna read his work. Hilarious and frighteningly plausible The writing felt a bit cringey at times, but I m glad I got past that to the actual concept, which was really interesting view spoiler I didn t really empathize with the humans desire to continue experiencing pain, though The story kind of took it as a given that everyone would be appalled at the idea of never experiencing pain again The characters barely acknowledged that pain was a weird thing to want, let alone trying to explain what they disliked about getting rid of it I would have l The writing felt a bit cringey at times, but I m glad I got past that to the actual concept, which was really interesting view spoiler I didn t really empathize with the humans desire to continue experiencing pain, though The story kind of took it as a given that everyone would be appalled at the idea of never experiencing pain again The characters barely acknowledged that pain was a weird thing to want, let alone trying to explain what they disliked about getting rid of it I would have likedexploration of that, but maybe Yudkowsky just expected me to agree with them I couldn t really tell hide spoiler Reminded me of The Three Body Problem, Dark Forest, and Harry Potter and Methods of Rationality probably because of audiobook narration by same people It s a short novella, I wish there was. CW rape mention, murder mention, weird anime shitOKAY I read that whole HP Rationality book aaaages ago, back when it was still being serialized, and at the time it seemed pretty good Now that I m not an impressionable teen, it really doesn t But for some sadomasochistic reason, I decided to read one of his other, SHORTER stories IT S TERRIBLE.All quotes are in spoiler brackets so that you can easily avoid them view spoilerIf Hitler thought that gays had defected against the norm, CW rape mention, murder mention, weird anime shitOKAY I read that whole HP Rationality book aaaages ago, back when it was still being serialized, and at the time it seemed pretty good Now that I m not an impressionable teen, it really doesn t But for some sadomasochistic reason, I decided to read one of his other, SHORTER stories IT S TERRIBLE.All quotes are in spoiler brackets so that you can easily avoid them view spoilerIf Hitler thought that gays had defected against the norm, and tried to exterminate them, that looks to a Babyeater like an honest mistake why are they saying the gays in a scifi future humanity is immortal but still says the gays there is no way i can believe the future isn t extraordinarily queer and gender fucky, esp if people are immortal, can travel through the universe, and work in whatever profession they wantI suspect the aliens will consider this one of their great historical works of literature, like Hamlet or Fate stay night this sentence gave me whiplash holy fuck Akon flipped a hand I don t think we ll run short of volunteers to watch disgusting alien pornography Just post it to the ship s 4chan, and check after a few hours to see if anything was modded up to 5 Insightful wait the ship s WHATIn such a situation I and my two sisters, the kiritsugu of this vessel, assume command oh godfate stay night bullcrappery The Confessor held up a hand I mean it, my lord Akon It is not polite idealism We ancients can t steer We remember too much disaster We re too cautious to dare the bold path forward Do you know there was a time when nonconsensual sex was illegal Akon wasn t sure whether to smile or grimace The Prohibition, right During the first century pre Net I expect everyone was glad to have that law taken off the books I can t imagine how boring your sex lives must have been up until then flirting with a woman, teasing her, leading her on, knowing the whole time that you were perfectly safe because she couldn t take matters into her own hands if you went a little too far LOOK OUT ELIEZER IM COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND IM GONNA STOMP YOUR FUCKING ASS INTO THE GROUND The Lord Pilot s hand swiftly darted out and groped the Lady Sensory s breast It was so unexpected that no one had time to react, least of all her Well, what do you know, the Pilot said, I m just as much of a pervert as I thought My self estimate wasaccurate than yours, nyah nyah The Lady Sensory kneed him in the groin, hard enough to drop him moaning to the floor, but not hard enough to require medical attention.Seriously though, this shit isn t funny or good writing, it s just irritating and gross This is the future he imagines, and the best he can do is boob grabs and crotch kicks Right after this, there s a horrific description of murdering and raping an underage girl This is supposed to be backstory for a main character, and is something I m really not comfortable including here This is not something that can just be brought up offhandedly, almost jokingly, and yet that is what he tries to do with this scene hide spoiler An interesting science fiction long short story 100 pages It reminded me of I, Robot, except instead of quaint 1950s charm positronic brains it has awkward references to internet culture Any suggestions get reddited up from the rest of the crew I made an EPUB version for ereader users An interesting science fiction long short story 100 pages It reminded me of I, Robot, except instead of quaint 1950s charm positronic brains it has awkward references to internet culture Any suggestions get reddited up from the rest of the crew I made an EPUB version for ereader users This story takes place in a utopian future, where humanity got its shit together.Let s address the elephant in the room, the author wants us to know that rape has been legalized in this bright future Is it important for the story, does it advance the plot No Why is it added in the first place Apparently it s to illustrate how quirky and weird the future is, and that an old character that remembers present time where rape is bad can t make decisions in that bright future, because well he This story takes place in a utopian future, where humanity got its shit together.Let s address the elephant in the room, the author wants us to know that rape has been legalized in this bright future Is it important for the story, does it advance the plot No Why is it added in the first place Apparently it s to illustrate how quirky and weird the future is, and that an old character that remembers present time where rape is bad can t make decisions in that bright future, because well he wouldn t have legalized rape, and yet it was somehow the correct thing to do.A quote it has nothing whatsoever to do with the plot so it s not a spoiler I expect everyone was glad to have that law taken off the books I can t imagine how boring your sex lives must have been up until then flirting with a woman, teasing her, leading her on, knowing the whole time that you were perfectly safe because she couldn t take matters into her own hands if you went a little too far Commenters on the website where the story s published feel very clever when they point out how it s a c t ually a subversion, and the character obviously means that the woman is the one supposed to rape the man in his scenario, because in this future women are as strong as men News flash, the world doesn t consist of straight dudes and women they want to have sex with, this subverts nothing, men presently rape other men as well, it doesn t cleanly come down to women being physically weaker Well what about BDSM, the author has a note at the end of the chapter saying that In real life, continuing to attempt to have sex with someone after they say no and before they say yes , is defined as rape and Some people have worked out a safeword system in which they explicitly and verbally agree, that no doesn t mean stop but e.g red or safeword does mean stop I agree with and support this clearly he just means they legalized BDSM BDSM and what the author described isn t rape and is perfectly legal, this author s note is infuriating Well then it means the consequences for the victim are now so small because of the healthcare psychiatric help etc etc Why does it have to be rape then Let s have a bright weird future where non consensual limb removal is legalized Chopping somebody s arm off is perfectly legal now But that won t work in a story at all, I can t relate to wanting to chop somebody s arm off As opposed to what As opposed to wanting to rape someone being relatable And that s the problem, this unexamined intuitive assumption reader will find it relatable if you want to argue that it s about knowing that other messed up people would want it, instead of it being relatable to the reader himself, imagine if instead of rape it was pedophilia a whole paragraph describing how boring it was when pedophilia was illegal, and how you would lead a child on, etc Changes things, doesn t it Don t worry, children are strong in this future, and there s great healthcare