Re: Ethics

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 21:41:38 -0600

> No arrogance fire from *me* at least :-), but was it not *you* who
> *chose* to be an Algernon? Can *you* not *choose* not to be an Algernon?
> Why did *you* become an Algernon, and if *you* have always been an Algernon
> is it not *you* who *chooses* to remain that way?

No. I did not choose to be an Algernon. It was done to me by genes or
a prenatal accident or something. I cannot choose not to be an
Algernon. I could choose to describe myself differently, but the
neurological and cognitive facts would remain.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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