Re: Disanthropy (was: Ahumans)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2000 - 00:04:32 MST

Damien Broderick wrote:
> Well, yes indeedy. People for whom nature and nature `have turned the
> volume controls on many emotional "hooks" to zero' are known as sociopaths,
> I think, and I scurry away from them quicksmart. Of course doing such
> resets deliberately and cautiously might yield another, less heinous
> outcome, but even the wish to do so I also find somewhat troubling.

Don't you think you should at least have the option of switching them
off, stepping outside yourself for a while, at least long enough to get
some idea of what the difference is between having emotions and not
having them?

A lot of people would say that having emotions means a great deal to
them. I don't see how they can know what it means to have emotions, if
they don't know any other way. They just have a vague, sentimental,
culturally inflicted attachment.

I know exactly what my emotions mean to me, and why. I'm not just
defending the concept of emotion because that's what I've seen people do
on talk shows.

           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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