Date: Sat May 13 2006 - 05:06:27 MDT
Quoting Christopher Healey <CHealey@unicom-inc.com>:
> > firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > Why does anyone have morals, or believe that other people/sentients have
> > intrisnic worth?
> Because when you adopt ethical/moral principles, they serve as predictable
> attractors of your behavior. And when you're predictable, others are more
> willing to cooperate with you. In other words, they can count more strongly
> on your actual choices, which lowers their risk and shifts the cost/benefit
> curve of cooperation more towards choosing to do so.
> And announcing your beliefs in a public forum is a strong reinforcement to
> this predictability as well, since you've exposed yourself to detailed
> scrutiny and voluntarily accepted the yoke of your self-imposed limitations.
> Doing so becomes a statement that one is so dedicated to acting in a specific
> way, that one is willing to voluntarily incur severe and perhaps entirely
> disproportionate penalties if one deviates from the described behavior.
> These penalties usually manifest themselves in the form of reputation effects
> that can persist for long enough that the total future losses of potential
> positive-sum gains is far beyond almost any possible incidental gains.
> Doing this is rational, in that if you actually intend to behave a certain
> way, and expect others with dependencies on your actions to trust that you
> will, then you should be willing to provide strong assurances that you will
> in fact perform those specific actions. If you were unwilling to do so, your
> intentions would be suspect.
Well doing so is rational (and can be derived from moral nihilism - ie
suspension of disbelief/acting that way in self interest), in present everyday
life, as I argued in my post. However to act this way when planing
posthumanity will restrict said posthumanity to (perhaps severely) sub-optimal
levels. And ironically, if these morals are used in the creation of
superintelligence, perhaps everyone elses posthumanity as well.
Cooperation could very likely become obsolete in the posthuman world.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Wed Jul 17 2013 - 04:00:56 MDT