Verified User Reviews of Bostrom's "Deep Utopia: Life and Meaning in a Solved World"
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Nick Bostrom's new book "Deep Utopia: Life and Meaning in a Solved World" is set to release soon (some people already have advanced copies :p )

If you are a Verified Manifold user / Mod, or have a LW/EAF account with more than 200 combined Karma, who wants to read the book and write a ~500+ word review with a rating out of 10, I will award 1000 Mana.

If you'd like to reserve your spot to receive a bounty (while you wait to receive the book), feel free to commit to leaving a review in a comment to this question. To mitigate selection effects from quick replies, any commitment made before the official publication date of March 26 will be in equal running to receive a bounty if you complete a review. I may increase the number of bounties if there is sufficient interest (and feel free to subsidize this market to enable more!) You have a month to make a review after committing, after which I'll give your bounty to the next person according to a random ordering that I'll generate (and post) on 3/26.

Reviewers are strongly encouraged, but not required, to refrain from betting on the market related to this bounty ( until after they've posted their review. All reviews must be in by 5/1 to receive a bounty.

To standardize ratings, please use the following subjective scale, incorporating your reaction to the book stylistically and intellectually in roughly equal measure. Treat these descriptions as vibes-based criteria rather than a specific rubric. Because I expect a lot of Manifolders are within Bostrom's target audience, and to keep betting interesting, the scale is very demanding near the top:

10 - Life-changing and irreplaceable. May likely be your favorite intellectual contribution of the past ten years.

9 - Exceptionally valuable; completely reframes your worldview; uniquely rewarding and important. May likely be your favorite intellectual contribution released in the past five years. You think the book will have a momentous legacy.

8 - Incredibly satisfying. Stylistically and argumentatively compelling, even if you have slight nitpicks with parts of the book. You couldn't put it down. May likely be your favorite intellectual contribution released in the past year or two.

7 - Excellent; a distinctly unique and piercing contribution. You may take issue with certain stylistic or argumentative choices, but altogether they feel heavily outweighed by what you appreciated in the book. You think the book contributes a rich vocabulary that will eventually become mainstream in the same way as parts of Superintelligence.

6 - Valuable and thought provoking. A challenging and stimulating reading experience. You enjoyed yourself thoroughly while reading, but some sections are abrasive, overly dense, or have notable argumentative flaws. Intellectually, the book feels ahead of its time.

5 - Great. You enjoyed yourself overall and found the experience worthwhile, but with flaws that were hard to ignore and which notably distracted from the reading experience. The book may represent the intellectual frontier of its subject, but is not a leap beyond everything that came before.

4 - Just good. You enjoyed yourself overall, and perhaps you found the book insightful, but it became a slog at times that you had to force yourself through. Though interesting, you expect many central claims of the book will age poorly, and/or that it does not move much past prior literature.

3 - Barely worth your time on balance. Interesting in parts, but otherwise highly flawed. Significant intellectual issues, and/or highly unsatisfying stylistic components. You found yourself wanting to stop often while reading. You do not expect this book to be seen as particularly insightful by the end of the decade.

2 - Highly mediocre, boring, and/or confused. Irredeemable intellectual flaws. Overall not worth your time. You may have stopped reading, but you made it through at least the first half.

1 - Actively very bad. You tried, but couldn't get past the first half of the book, and don't want to finish it.

N/A - You couldn't finish the book within a month for reasons unrelated to its quality, and want to withdraw your chance at a bounty if you previously committed to leaving a review.

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A reminder that I'm giving 1000 Mana each for reviews of "Deep Utopia," until the end of the month!

i definitely want to read this and will probably post a review

I estimate an 85% chance that I'll post a review by the end of April (

I only have 239 LW karma and 141 EAF karma because I don't post that much, but I've been to 3 EAGs and 2 EAGxs, and I founded the EA club at Cornell University (I can verify these things via DM if necessary). Can I leave a review once I read the book?

I am willing to do a review once I can get the book

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