Re: Happiness (was Re: The meta-invisible hand)

Eric Watt Forste (
Wed, 24 Sep 1997 11:51:28 -0700

I wrote:
> People who have a less delicate attachment to the notion of
> property than you often (charmingly) seem to, think of their
> property as an extension of their bodies.

Anders Sandberg replies:
> I wonder if they really see it as extensions of their bodies
> (which is what Sasha would predict) or part of their territory
> (which is what sociobiology would predict)?

I think it depends on how much sociobiology they've studied. People
who've read things like Dawkins's THE EXTENDED PHENOTYPE would
tend, I think, to see their technological property as extensions
of their bodies and their nontechnological property (land, minerals,
other organisms) as part of their territory.

This is a very interesting perspective that I hadn't ever thought
of quite this way before, thanks.

Eric Watt Forste ++ ++ exepctation foils perception -pcd