It appears as if Charlie Stross <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
|If you disagree with any of these memes, could you wave a hand and
Yes, I could (and did).
The memes lacked information on WHO did the action.
Did you intend a general moral theory ("ONE SHOULD DO <x>"),
a moral theory for the members of this list ("WE SHOULD DO <x>"),
|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.)
1. One should not force a fellow human how to live their lives.
(One may persuade them to _choose_ to do that, however.)
[Do we need the "human" part?
One should also specify the meaning of "persuade":
some may consider e.g. electric chocks a persuasion method.]
|2. Initiating violence against someone is wrong; self-defense is right.
2. Nobody should initiate violence against anybody else.
Everone may defend themselves, however.
[This lacks information on what entities constitutes the basic group.
Thousand years ago one could kill a foreigner as they were not one of us.
Today we cannot do that, but we can kill and torture chimpanzees.
A definition on the basic group will make this more obvious.
If the basic group requires e.g. intelligence, etc., one should state this.]
|3. The scientific method provides a better way of evaluating reality
| than any religious dogma.
3. One should use scientific method instead of religious dogma, since
we observe that experimental knowledge works better than dogmnatic beliefs.
|4. Progress (increases in human intelligence, longevity, wealth, and
| happiness) is possible.
4. We can think better, live longer, have more wealth, and a happier life.
Since we like that, we call it "progress".
|5. Central control is usually less efficient than distributed control.
5. We observe that systems with a centralized control breaks easier than
those with a distributed control.
[Did you mean this?
Any unstated presumptions missing?]
|6. Empowering people to learn, work, and transcend their limits is a good
6. One should empower people to learn, work, and transcend their limits.
[Did you intend this?]
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