Re: Ethics

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Wed, 18 Dec 1996 22:02:37 -0600

> Sometimes one must fight evil ideas by being deliberately provocative
> and extreme in the other direction. The unspeakable evil of the cult
> of self-sacrifice demands such a fight. How can one possibly love
> life without loving one's own most?

Very easily. The only reason I'm still here is to serve humanity.

And let's not forget that the religious/altruistic types you reflexively
condemn are simply stating a retrospectively obvious truth: That our
emotional nature, from self-righteousness to love to honor, has evolved
to maximize our own inclusive fitness, while an impartial ethical system
regards all sentients symmetrically.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer:  Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
everything I think I know.