Re: Ethics and Morality

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Sun, 05 Oct 1997 23:36:32 -0500 wrote:
> [E.S.Y wrote:]
> >>Anyone who studies General Relativity or quantum mechanics may perhaps
> begin
> to appreciate something of the true strangeness of the Universe. It is not a
> human place and is under no obligation to obey human laws. <<
> It is, in fact, most definitely a human place or man would not have evovled
> or continue to exist in the universe today.

Is this the Strong Anthropic Principle or the Strong Anthropic Principle in
reverse? I can't tell.

> When the entire planet fully
> grasps this one concept we will, in my arrogant opinion, rocket toward
> biological immortality and an extreme increase in happiness.

Why? Or is it just magic?

> Once again
> I recommend You will see that our battle is
> first epistemological before it is technological.

Yes; first we have to stomp out all the New Age pseudoscience.

[Anders Sanderberg wrote:]
> Given the opaqueness of the neotech stuff, general relativity and
> quantum mechanics, I think the battle is one of communications: how
> to make others understand what you mean, so that they can judge
> whether it is worth studying or not?

I don't believe you just mentioned those three in the same sentence.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer:  Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
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