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Comment by sl5 on Trying to Try · 2008-10-02T19:45:58.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Before the project to actually build space flight capability (or nuclear explosives or computers or any other friggin' hard thing) was started, engineers had to have 'yes' to every "is x possible" question. If they had a 'dunno', they had to figure it out, experimentally or/and theoretically. If something was a 'no' - there was no point in trying.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feasibility_study

Comment by sl5 on Awww, a Zebra · 2008-10-02T10:59:53.000Z · score: 1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

Through his cerebrations Eliezer appears to have attracted the Cream of the Singularitarian Crop here, who are now Collectively Disappointed.