Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
sentience at pobox.com
Tue Jun 13 03:10:17 UTC 2006
Martin Striz wrote:
> On 6/12/06, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <sentience at pobox.com> wrote:
>>Martin Striz wrote:
>>>Hominids in the ancestral environment faced a high mortality rate. At
>>>no time was it worth planning more than a few years ahead. So when
>>>they came upon a bounty, they used it up. Lottery winners spend their
>>>millions in an average of 4 years.
>>Got a reference for this? Sounds like a useful thing to quote.
> I believe that was in Pinker's Blank Slate, although I could be wrong.
> There are other evolutionary psychology corollaries to why people are
> bad with money. This is a good blog post on that topic:
> In short we are coalitional, heirarchical, zero-sum thinkers.
Oh, I totally get that. I was just looking for something citable. I
tried reading the Blank Slate, but knew too much of the material to get
far. Perfectly good book, if I could have read it fifteen years ago.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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