Re: Friendliness SOLVED!

From: Nick Tarleton (
Date: Thu Mar 20 2008 - 06:19:30 MDT

On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:20 PM, Mark Waser <> wrote:
> > Before you talk about defending a planet from a better-armed alien
> > invasion, here's a much simpler scenario: You have $1,000 worth of
> > stuff in your pocket. A robber walks up to you with a gun, and demands
> > that you hand over the loot. How will your Friendliness theory
> > convince the robber to leave, without shooting you or stealing your
> > stuff?
> It probably won't. He won't stick around long enough to be infected.
> Again, this is a strawman. You're inventing a ridiculous scenario

Ridiculous? This happens in reality ALL THE TIME.

> and
> demanding that I defend it. I decline to do so unless you can show how it
> is at all justified or relevant.

An UFAI need not listen to us long enough to be infected, either!

So let's give you more time. Someone kidnaps you for ransom, ties you
up in the basement, and for whatever reason lets you talk to them for
a few hours. How do you convince them to be Friendly and let you go?

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