[extropy-chat] All hail Will Wilkinson

Giu1i0 Pri5c0 pgptag at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 08:49:51 UTC 2006

In high school we had farting contests like all kids. We also did a
lot of sport, and of course the best football player won status. Why
not? I liked it and later I have always enjoyed competition in sport,
work and other things.
I think Wilkinson's piece is good, and nobody wants to ban games where
you can win status. But I think our civilization can now outgrow the
primitive need to link ability to survive to status. I would say,
first make sure that everyone can eat and feed his family, then
"encourage a decentralized entrepreneurial culture where status
domains without number may bloom". Football is much more enjoyable if
you do not fear starving if your team loses the game.

On 1/4/06, Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
> Will is a guy worth reading:
> http://www.willwilkinson.net/flybottle/2006/01/02/the-strange-myth-of-finite-status/
> Just think about it. It is not wrong at all to engage in positional
> games. Pissing contests are not the reviled zero-sum games that e.g.
> Nick Bostrom would like to ban.
> Let thousands of unequal flowers bloom, each higher than all others,
> in one of the world's infinite dimensions. Burn the atavistic neurons
> of envy out of your brains, fellow transhumanists. Become better
> persons by being better, not equal.
> Let the New Revolution begin:
> Liberte-Inegalite-Atomisation!
> Rafal
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