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41 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 30 October 2007 02:50AM

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Comment author: Constant2 30 October 2007 01:42:00PM 4 points [-]

The obvious answer is TORTURE, all else equal, and I'm pretty sure this is obvious to Eliezer too.

That is the straightforward utilitarian answer, without any question. However, it is not the common intuition, and even if Eliezer agrees with you he is evidently aware that the common intuition disagrees, because otherwise he would not bother blogging it. It's the contradiction between intuition and philosophical conclusion that makes it an interesting topic.