Re: Aid to children

phil osborn (
Sat, 04 Sep 1999 14:07:21 PDT

>From: "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <>
>Subject: Re: Aid to children
>Date: Fri,
03 Sep 1999 07:57:10 -0500
>Bryan Moss wrote:
> >
> > Parents are the weak link in our chain; we need to remove them as early
> > possible and replace them with someone who has a genuine (economic)
> > in the child. To begin with the best we can do is offer good money for
> > children, soon after we might contract women to give birth to wholely
> > children, and eventually we would grow them in labs (or farm them if
> > looking for an appropriate visual image). I want child welfare to be an
> > systematic process of our economy without interference by parents who
> > more than dividends.
>Whoa, whoa, whoa! I'd be real hesitant about replacing a genuine
>reproductive-fitness interest with a "genuine" economic interest if the
>first doesn't work. Love really is stronger than greed, speaking as an
>evolutionary psychologist, because the selection pressures are stronger.
>Note also that, as I recall the statistics, the rate of child abuse is
>roughly one hundred times larger with stepparents than with natural
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
>Running on BeOS Typing in Dvorak Programming with
>Voting for Libertarians Heading for Singularity There Is A Better Way
Are you sure that you don't want to retract this letter? I actually find myself agreeing with you. Wouldn't want to embarass you. ;)

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