Re: true abundance?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jan 28 2001 - 20:34:38 MST

John Marlow wrote:
> >
> > The ladies need not fear mistreatment in such an arrangement:
> > as in the old west, even the most inferior examples of womanhood
> > would be well protected from those who would do them harm.
> > Now, perhaps the guys would kill each other over the few ladies
> > available. Duelling would likely be common. spike
> Man, you are OUT of your mind. The women would be sex slaves,
> bartered and sold or rented out--or stolen. You're talking the worst
> convicts around. Get real.

I have to back Marlow on this one. TANSTAAFL - "product is scarce, price
goes up" - makes a nice fictional rationale for gallantry in "The Moon is
a Harsh Mistress" (Heinlein, of course, was a howling chauvinist), but
remember the tales that "some of the old cobbers used to tell, that would
make your blood run cold", from *before* they built themselves a new
society with new mating rules? Like that. For at least a decade.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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