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125 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 17 November 2011 07:28PM

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Comment author: [deleted] 17 November 2011 02:25:08PM 2 points [-]

Honest question: how do you know you have these goals? Presumably they don't manifest in actual behavior, or you wouldn't have a problem. If Kaj's analysis is right, shouldn't you assume that the belief of having these goals is part of your (working) strategy to gain certain status? Would you accept the same argument if Bruce made it?

Comment author: ciphergoth 17 November 2011 02:28:00PM 10 points [-]

Put it this way, if there was a pill that I believed would cause me to effectively have that goal, in a way that was compatible with a livable life, I would take it.