Re: Memetics: The 10 Suggestions

From: John Clark (
Date: Fri Jan 07 2000 - 10:52:53 MST

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> On January 03, 2000 Wrote:

>Nobody *ever* "deserves" pain, not even Adolf Hitler. Now,
>if *someone* has to be hurt, it might as well be Saddam Hussein; a
>murderer is certainly "targetable" for life imprisonment if that makes
>innocents safer. But pain itself is a moral negative, and nothing we or
>anyone else can do will flip that sign to positive.

That is wise, true, and very well said! In fact, if that is not a fundamental axiom
of morality then I would have absolutely no use for morality. But it is and I do.

   John K Clark

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