Re: Singularity: Individual, Borg, Death?

Nick Bostrom (
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 22:12:14 +0000

Alejandro Dubrovsky wrote:

> On Wed, 9 Dec 1998, Nick Bostrom wrote:
> > I don't want to advocate any specific interpretation of moral
> > statements here. But however we choose to interpret such statements,
> > it does seem to be a fact that almost all reasonable people agree
> > that it is wrong (whatever that means) to torture innocent people
> > for a little fun. *If* there are "objective" truths in ethics (which
> > I am not claiming) then I think we can be fairly confident that that
> > is one of them.
> Why are you so confident? Is it the extreme wrongness (in your eyes) of
> the act, or the popularity of the event being seen as wrong by a large
> proportion of the population?

A bit of both, I suppose. It seems that the way the word "wrong" is used in English is to denote that kind of acts.

Nick Bostrom Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method London School of Economics