Your post is a good one and it sucks people are coming down on it that way.
It made me wonder if Eliezer and Jaron Lanier had ever had a conversation before. They did not too long ago and I missed it. https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/N6MNzvgmHtTASpaSS/bhtv-jaron-lanier-and-yudkowsky—video is missing from the LW post but is here https://www.youtube.com/watch/Ff15lbI1V9M
I would love to see this happen again with a moderator and some more structure.
I wonder if this isn’t a consequence of a kind of philosophical blind spot in EYs rationalist perspective. Sort of that to EY Twitter represents an achievement to pedestalize rather than a albatross that we’ve bought in to and accept because of network lock-in effects.
I used to tell people in college that I “had two pack a year habit.” I would smoke rarely to strike up conversations because it was an easy ice breaker when I wanted a conversation. Twitter is like that, but instead trading seven minutes of your life you’re trading chunks of your humanity.
I mean… I’m jealous of Trump for losing access to his drug of choice. I think it could be a really positive things for him and for all of us. :)