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

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Comment author: Matt_Simpson 02 April 2009 03:12:13AM *  9 points [-]

Perhaps Eliezer doesn't directly value fuzzies or status, so when he is purchasing them he isn't purchasing utilons directly. Rather, he is purchasing motivation to continue doing things which directly purchase utilons. In other words, he doesn't really want fuzzies, but if he doesn't buy any, he'll lose his motivation to be altruistic altogether. So he buys fuzzies to keep his motivation up which allows him to keep directly purchasing utilons - the things he does actually value. That's at least how I read it.

edit: clarity