Re: Things extropians agree on

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Jan 25 2001 - 17:26:59 MST

Charlie Stross wrote:
> In a spirit of non-confrontational rationalism, I'd like to see if we
> can compose a list of ideas that we *ALL* agree on.
> If you disagree with any of these memes, could you wave a hand and
> explain why?
> 1. Forcing our fellow human beings to live their lives as we see fit
> is unethical. (Persuading them of the error of their ways so that
> they _choose_ to live their lives by our lights is another matter.)

Minor objection: Persuading someone of truthful statements, using a
persuasive algorithm that is powerful enough to convince that person of
arbitrary (true or false) propositions, is probably unethical without

> 2. Initiating violence against someone is wrong; self-defense is right.
> 3. The scientific method provides a better way of evaluating reality
> than any religious dogma.
> 4. Progress (increases in human intelligence, longevity, wealth, and
> happiness) is possible.
> 5. Central control is usually less efficient than distributed control.

For humans.

> 6. Empowering people to learn, work, and transcend their limits is a good
> thing.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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