Which type of variation would you ask for, if you could be 10% better at something?
10% taller - 5'6" feet tall -> 6'1/2" - that's a pretty big difference.
10% richer - almost no difference
10% stronger - not much difference - 1 month in the gym for an untrained person increases strength by 20%
10% fatter - not much difference -> 100lb -> 110lb
10% thinner - no big change, 200lb -> 180lb
10% smarter - rather big, nearly 1 stdev, worth a lot
10% luckier - hmm, might be great if there really is no such thing as luck (you would be able to beat the house at gambling, anyway)
10% less sleep needed - 8 hours -> ~7 hours/night. Pretty good.
10% faster runner. For most people, not a big change
10% increased livespan - 80 -> 88, not that great
10% increased maturity rate: at 10, you'd be like 11. at 20, you'd be like a 22 year old. Could be ok.
10% faster blood clotting. Hmm, not that great, there's already lots of variation there.
10% better vision. Would be ok, but there's already huge variation.
10% more ambitious. This would probably get you places.
10% better immune system - there's already tons of variation
10% stronger bones - already tons of variation
10% faster thought - this could add up to tons, depending
10% bigger brain - could be a lot
10% more fingers - weird
10% more neural connections - might end up driving you crazy
10% less sleep required - no biggie
Questions I would ask God about the game of go
1491, by Charles C. Mann
1984 part 2
A big difference between go and chess
A Real Reality Show I'd Like to Watch
A restaurant which prepares the perfect dish for you
A sound recording device I want
A system for symbolic house numbers.
A way Astrology could be Real
A world with weird selection pressures
Alternative Go Handicap Systems
An Evil Test of Clickthrough Licenses
Banks in tower defense games would make a killing
Books about Chinese history in English should translate Chinese names in a better way
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