Re: MORALITY: right & wrong (was: A Bioethical Foundation for Human Rights)

From: Wei Dai (
Date: Thu Nov 08 2001 - 16:03:30 MST

On Thu, Nov 08, 2001 at 10:19:23PM +0100, Anders Sandberg wrote:
> Note that this also provides an answer to those who fear that we will
> force everybody with us: we seek to make it possible to ignore us
> totally too. It is always good to have a control group or reserve in
> case the transhuman project fails in one way or another (or if it turns
> out that there *is* an objective morality, and it is derived from the
> Old Testament).

I agree we should try to allow people to keep their current lifestyles if
they want, but I don't think we should depend on that point as a defensive
argument, because there is no evidence that it would be possible. It's
almost certain that humans will have no self-defense against attacks by
posthumans. Some charitable posthumans will operate reservations and
protect these humans, but it may be expensive to do on a large scale, and
I doubt that critics of transhumanism would consider the protectees'
lifestyles (i.e. living in reservations in a world of posthumans) to be
equivalent to their current lifestyles anyway.

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