Re: ESSAY: Steven Weinberg on Today's Utopias

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 18:23:51 MST

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> The talented _deserve_ more of the world's good things in proportion as the
> talented _create_ more of the world's good things. The fact that Weinberg has
> "never understood" this, indicates a serious hole in his perception of reality.

Nonsense. There is no "deserve". Everyone deserves an IQ of 180 and
unlimited wealth. The only question is what social rules work best for
getting as close as possible.

I myself have lived my life on the principle that I did not "deserve" my
neurohack status, or my intelligence, or my ability to make a
difference. It fell into my lap like manna from heaven. I don't
"deserve" what I have any more than some guy slaving away as a janitor.
Nonetheless, considering how much time I've spent working on
intelligence enhancement, that I may share the bounty which the random
factors have bestowed upon me, I don't think that there's anyone in the
world who would tell me to do things differently.

The strong exist to serve the weak, and to the abyss with Ayn Rand.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Typing in Dvorak         Programming with Patterns  Writing in Gender-neutral
Voting for Libertarians  Heading for Singularity    There Is A Better Way

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