RE: Friendliness and blank-slate goal bootstrap

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Jan 11 2004 - 19:58:18 MST

Sure, I do value life in all its forms. I also value nonlife however ... I
value natural forms like the Grand Canyon, the Southern Alps, etc. etc.

There are a host of values one would like to inculcate in addition to
friendliness to past/present/future sentients

Examples are,

respect for
-- life
-- diversity
-- complexity

ben g

  -----Original Message-----
  From: []On Behalf Of Philip
  Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2004 7:51 PM
  Subject: RE: Friendliness and blank-slate goal bootstrap

  Hi Ben,

> I think that "having respect for all the universe's potential", is
> perhaps included in "Friendliness to sentient beings past, present and
> future" ["past" included to cover the possibility of time travel ;-) ]

  I like your current version of your goal statement - "Friendliness to
sentient beings past, present and future" most out of your versions so far.

  You might want to mention a spacial dimension - eg. "everywhere".

  This goal statement still seems to be some distance away from a goal that
would lead to a "respect for life" in general. I understand your special
regard for sentient beings (I share it) but lots of people have respect "for
life in all its forms" so is there a need for a goal statement that directly
addresses the "respect for life" question without having to be derived from
the "Friendliness to sentient beings everywhere, past, present and future"
goal statement?

  Cheers, Philip

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