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

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Comment author: Grognor 17 November 2011 03:46:36PM 1 point [-]

Azathoth designed me with conflicting goals. Subconsciously, I value status, but if I were to take a pill that made me care entirely about making the world better and nothing else, I would. Just because "evolution" built that into me doesn't make it bad, but it definitely did not give me a coherent volition. I have determined for my self which parts of humanity's design are counterproductive, based on the thousand shards of desire.

Comment author: fubarobfusco 18 November 2011 05:11:43AM 2 points [-]

if I were to take a pill that made me care entirely about making the world better and nothing else, I would.

Would you sign up to be tortured so that others don't suffer dust specks?

("If we are here to make others happy, what are the others here for?")

Comment author: [deleted] 19 November 2011 02:44:21AM 1 point [-]

A better analogy would be asking about a pill that caused pain asymbolia.

Comment author: Grognor 18 November 2011 10:45:09AM 1 point [-]

Yes.