Re: Evolved Preferences
Tue, 15 Apr 1997 22:42:07 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 4/15/97 2:12:35 PM, (Robin Hanson)

>But will our future descendants want what we want? Or will
>evolutionary pressures change the distribution of values in our
>As we become better at exchanging information in ways other than via
>sexual reproduction, it seems the longer time-horizon of asexual
>reproduction should win out. 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.

Well, I would think of myself as patient, risk-averse, and Bayesian, or at
least more so than the general population. I sure like good sci-fi, but only
rarely take the protagonists as role models. So I see this as claiming that
people will be more like me in the future.

(I would miss sex, though :-)

Do these papers take into account evolution of memetic parasites? Fashion,
fantasy, and religious-type beliefs interfere with patience, risk-aversion,
and inductive reasoning, and they haven't been doing poorly of late.