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68 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 November 2007 09:01AM

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Comment author: Tiiba2 26 November 2007 01:15:30AM 6 points [-]

"Tibba, when you are in a bar, do you see an attractive person and say to yourself, "I think I'll initiate sexualized body language, so that I can mate with that person, thereby increasing the frequency of my genes in future generations"?"

Of course not. I want to get laid. That's my explicit desire. Promoting my genes is just a side effect of this. And what is the explicit desire of a principal? Perhaps to teach children. Perhaps to go to work, get paid and ensure that nobody sues him. (He'd still like it if they all go to Harvard.) But "sorting students by abilities" is so off the wall, I don't know how to iterpret it. Colleges and employers might see it that way, but is their opinion THAT important?