Re: Ethical Groundings (was: Anders Sandberg's Value System)

Tony Csoka (
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 22:55:42 -0800 (PST)

Eliezer Yudkowky writes:

>In any case, the more I thought about the "new ideas" goal, the more it
>seemed appropriate as an actual Meaning-Of-Life candidate - in
>retrospect, not an Interim, but an actual Meaning. Consider that
>duplicated information is likely to be no more valuable than a single
>copy, and that whatever the Meaning of Life is, it is likely to viewable
>on some level as a complex system or informational object. That is,
>you'd imagine the Meaning was *something*, and duplicated *somethings*
>would be no better than one *something*.

I don't think there is any meaning to life. IMO to ask for the meaning of
life is like saying "what is the meaning of this shoelace?". It does'nt
have a meaning, it only has a purpose. I think extropians should not be
concerned with finding the meaning to life. There isn't one. We are here
and that is that. Understanding the mechanisms by which we got to here and
deciding where we are going is tough enough without assuming there is a
*meaning* to it all. I think our duty is, however, to create the noblest
and greatest *purpose* we can, and to follow it!

Tony Csoka