RE: Universal Morality -Some specific ideas

From: Rafal Smigrodzki (
Date: Wed Mar 03 2004 - 10:18:44 MST

Marc wrote:
> Ben was asking what I thought the actual content of
> Universal Morality might be. Well, I'll try to give a
> quick sumamry.
> I've already indicated that I'm skeptical of Eliezer's
> ideas - Volitional Morality. 'Volitional Morality' as
> I understand it, refers to a morality which equate
> good with the fulfillment of other sentient desires,
> subject to the privisos that the desires are what the
> sentient truly wants, and the desires don't harm other
> sentients.

### No, no, volitional morality doesn't say "other sentients", it simply
says "true desires should be fulfilled". A FAI would be designed to help
understand and fulfill the desires of "other sentients", but existing
sentients, the ones for whom FAI is supposed to work, may decide to pay
attention to their own wishes.


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