Re: Evolved Preferences

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 14:20:10 -0700 (PDT)

Michael Lorrey writes:
>So liars have an evolutionary advantage over Bayesians?

In our historical tribal context. Not necessarily in our future.

>>This suggests a future of very patient risk-averse asexual Bayesians,
>>in contrast to the impatient optimistic risk-taking young males who
>>dominate science fiction.
>So you are saying that the future portends being boringly stable, with
>high social pressures for conformity (if you reproduce asexually, you
>are producing identical clones) with low growth, low interest,

I said nothing of the sort. Future asexual entities change themselves
during their lives, so grandchildren can be very different. I said
nothing about stability or social pressure. Interest rates should
track growth rates, which should be as high as possible.

Robin D. Hanson