Values (was Re: Singularity-worship)

Robin Hanson (
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 15:20:04 -0800 (PST)

Romana Machado writes:
>Eric Watt Forste contributes:
>>something that economists pretty much have to do (accept human
>>values as data) according to the traditions of their discipline,
>>but I like to think that we can do more than merely economic analysis
>>of ourselves.
>I think it's a pretty fine accomplishment to be able to do economic
>analysis of ourselves at all. It's a very abstract, revealing, and
>objective way of looking at ourselves,

There has been a bit of work on predicting human values by combining
evolutionary and economic considerations. For example, predicting
discount factors for different ages and genders. It really is all the
same general approach, just applied on different time scales to
different entities.

Robin D. Hanson