Re: Evolved Preferences

Robin Hanson (
Mon, 5 May 1997 10:04:43 -0700 (PDT)

Steve Witham writes:
>Didn't say what I meant to: that as far as *analyzing* evolution of facts
>and values, you'll be lead into finding that the value (in hypothesized
>beings) that is identical to what you (the analyzer) call success, will
>be the one with the most stability, and everything else might as well be
>coded (in your analysis) as ideas of how to achieve it. The flexibility in
>your (the analyzer's) "stance" (as Dennett calls it) sort of leaves you
>holding the ball.

I don't think there is really much flexibility in what to call success.
If you disagree, perhaps you could take the original paper I cited,
choose some other measure of success, and show how you get a different

Robin D. Hanson