Re: TERRORISM: looking for solutions

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Fri Sep 14 2001 - 03:24:08 MDT

On Thu, Sep 13, 2001 at 06:24:21PM -0700, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> From: "Anders Sandberg" <>
> > They never had to deal with it, since they were following another
> > psychological program. If you are willing to die, then the diffusion
> > of responsibility problem doesn't matter.
> Right, so it isn't inhibition that should concern us, but rather that other
> "psychological program."

Actually, you would likely save more lives by finding a way around
diffusion of responsibility than if you found a way of curing terrorism.
Diffusion of responsibility has frightening and pervasive effects,
ranging from the individual level (the Kitty Genovese case), group level
(inefficient administration) to the global level (ignoring major threats
because somebody else might fix it).

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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