Re: META: Emotions "vestigial"? was Re: On being Extropian

Anders Sandberg (
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 15:34:47 +0200 (MET DST)

On Fri, 18 Oct 1996, Michael Butler wrote:

> Are such transhumans aware that there is a risk of being considered
> so alien as to be suspect if they have this elective personality
> surgery performed?

This is a problem, since so far we have not developed a good inter-person
ethics able to handle extreme differences in mental architecture,
intelligence or existential state. We will need something in this area
rather soon.

> How is that supposed to engender trust in those with different clock
> speeds?
> If they're worried enough, what will stop them from pre-emptively
> nuking you?

Maybe the same reason you don't nuke untrustworthy people - too
expensive, too drastic, too large risks of retribution, vestigial
emotional impulses of compassion. :-)

> If you'e the first on your block to get cranked (my phrase), what
> will keep you from going stir crazy from the solitary confinement?
> *That* might be a good reason to have a "Vulcan mode" switch for your
> consciousness. But a switch, not an irrevocable dissociation, seems
> prudent to me.

Wouldn't it just be simpler to slow down your update rate? But I think a
switch would be useful anyway.

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