Re: FAI: Collective Volition

From: Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 02:47:56 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> On Jun 2, 2004, at 2:32 AM, Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:
>> Let me toss your question back to you: What do you think a devout
>> Christian should be said to *want*, conditional upon Christianity
>> being false?
> What they "should be said to want" is to learn the truth but hopefully
> learn it in a way that allowed them to preserve or replace with better
> alternatives everything truly helpful they got from their religion.
> Doing the demolition of someone's believes is easy enough but is only
> destructive. Construction is more delicate.

That's what *you* want to happen to them - which, this being a collective
volition, does count for something; but I want to know how I should
construe *their* volition, construct it given their current mind-states.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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