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75 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 01 April 2009 09:51AM

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Comment author: randallsquared 01 April 2009 08:34:26PM 2 points [-]

I don't see why anyone would think the dust speck problem is a problem. The simplest solution seems to be to acknowledge that suffering (and other utility, positive or negative) isn't additive. Is there some argument that it is or should be?

Comment author: cousin_it 01 April 2009 09:49:16PM *  2 points [-]

Well, you're right, but I wasn't completely satisfied by such a blunt argument and went on to invent an extra layer of rationalization: justify non-additivity with proximity. Of course none of this matters except as a critique of the "shut up and multiply" maxim. I wouldn't want to become a utility-additive mind without proximity modifiers. Maybe Eliezer would; who knows.