Re: is marriage extropic?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Nov 13 2000 - 14:34:02 MST

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:
> Marriage laws in most states
> are essentially permitting two illiterates to incorporate as a partnership
> without any business experience or training, no assets, and allows them to
> assume major 18 year debts (children) every nine months with no credit record or
> proof of ability to pay, and the ability to declare bankruptcy on those debts
> while retaining ownership of the assets. If that's not a recipe for disaster, I
> don't know what is.

Excuse me, but the en*tire* human race was illiterate for, what, 40,000,
90,000 years? Marriage existed long before written language... perhaps before
spoken language. Who are you to decide what standards people should be held
to before being allowed to marry? Maybe it's the people who are least
fortunate who most need to find someone, so that they can be less fortunate

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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