Re: Subject: Re: A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies
Thu, 18 Nov 1999 10:42:44 EST

In a message dated 99-11-18 09:53:13 EST, (Robin Hanson) wrote:

> Greg Burch wrote:
> >Science and technology can tell you the "is", but the scientific method,
> >standing alone, cannot tell you the "ought". Ultimately, science and
> >technology will provide us with a complete list of what we CAN do, but
> ll
> >still have to face the question of what we OUGHT to do.
> I disagree with Greg here (and appear to agree with Curt Adams). I think
> that
> "ought" questions are a subset of "is" questions. There is some matter of
> fact regarding what it is that I want, and what it is that I would want if
> understood myself and the world better. If you knew enough about my brain
> and the world I live in, you could figure out what I want. And as far as I
> can tell, all interesting moral/ethical/ought questions are equivalent to
> questions about what various creatures want.

Only time for a quick note this morning -- I hope to be able to write some more on this issue this weekend . . .

For now, let me ask you a question, Robin: Can we question that what we DO want is what we SHOULD want?

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