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TheOtherDave comments on Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences) - Less Wrong

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Comment author: TheOtherDave 25 February 2011 09:04:38PM 1 point [-]

Well, he might. Or, rather, there might be available ways of becoming smarter or prettier for which jettisoning his false beliefs is a necessary precondition.

But, admittedly, he might not.

Anyway, sure, if Joe "terminally" values his beliefs about the world, then he gets just as much utility out of operating within a VR simulation of his beliefs as out of operating in the world. Or more, if his beliefs turn out to be inconsistent with the world.

That said, I don't actually know anyone for whom this is true.

Comment author: MoreOn 25 February 2011 11:29:11PM 0 points [-]

That said, I don't actually know anyone for whom this is true.

I don't know too many theist janitors, either. Doesn't mean they don't exist.

From my perspective, it sucks to be them. But once you're them, all you can do is minimize your misery by finding some local utility maximum and staying there.