Eliezer's Name

From: John Clark (jonkc@worldnet.att.net)
Date: Wed Aug 16 2000 - 08:34:43 MDT

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <sentience@pobox.com> Wrote:

> I've been thinking of switching recently - either to my middle name, or
> to something completely new, like "Ben Abard".

Don't do it Eliezer! I'll grant you that a normal person in our culture with a name like
"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" might be under a disadvantage, but you're not a normal person
and your ideas are not of the average sort, so you should have an unusual name, it's an
advantage. There once was a unsuccessful singer who had a mundane sounding name,
I forget what it was but it was almost as dull and forgettable as "John Clark", anyway he
changed it to "Engelbert Humperdink" and immediately became very successful. I think
Arnold Schwarzeneger's name has helped him too.

     John K Clark (yawn) jonkc@att.net

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