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A ghost 2021-01-21T07:14:14.326Z
Actually possible: thoughts on Utopia 2021-01-18T08:27:32.025Z
Alienation and meta-ethics (or: is it possible you should maximize helium?) 2021-01-15T07:06:54.124Z
The impact merge 2021-01-13T07:26:47.630Z
Shouldn't it matter to the victim? 2021-01-11T07:14:20.069Z
Thoughts on personal identity 2021-01-08T04:19:09.765Z
Grokking illusionism 2021-01-06T05:50:07.646Z
The despair of normative realism bot 2021-01-03T22:59:06.126Z
Thoughts on being mortal 2021-01-01T19:16:55.944Z
Wholehearted choices and "morality as taxes" 2020-12-21T19:35:58.437Z

Comments

Comment by joe_carlsmith on Alienation and meta-ethics (or: is it possible you should maximize helium?) · 2021-01-20T08:33:40.456Z · EA · GW

Glad to hear it :)

Re: "my motivational system is broken, I'll try to fix it" as the thing to say as an externalist realist: I think this makes sense as a response. The main thing that seems weird to me is the idea that you're fundamentally "cut off" from seeing what's good about helium, even though there's nothing you don't understand about reality. But it's a weird case to imagine, and the relevant notions of "cut off" and "understanding" are tricky.

Comment by joe_carlsmith on Alienation and meta-ethics (or: is it possible you should maximize helium?) · 2021-01-16T09:58:59.860Z · EA · GW

Thanks for reading. Re: your version of anti-realism: is "I should create flourishing (or whatever your endorsed theory says)" in your mouth/from your perspective true, or not truth-apt? 

To me Clippy's having or not having a moral theory doesn't seem very central. E.g., we can imagine versions in which Clippy (or some other human agent) is quite moralizing, non-specific, universal, etc about clipping, maximizing pain, or whatever.