Engineering Values (was Re: Venus)

Omega (
Mon, 27 Jan 1997 18:25:24 -0800

Robin Hanson wrote:

> I don't think you can sensibly talk about engineering your values.
> You can choose your strategies, heuristics, ways of framing
> situations, and you can remind yourself of things you value that
> aren't naturally highlighted in situations. But you want what you
> want. If you want to want something else, then how can it be that you
> wanted it in the first place?

This just begs the question of what "you" is, and what we hope to
accomplish with trans-humanism. Philosophers have been arguing the
first part for longer than we can imagine, and I don't feel we can
just blow this question off so easily. Trans-humanism ultimately
leads to shape-shifting (not to mention mind and emotion shifting
before that) at which time the question will be very personal and
"in our face" so to speak.

In the Ecstatic Service of Life -- Omega