Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

Benquo comments on Lost Purposes - Less Wrong

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

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (73)

Sort By: Old

You are viewing a single comment's thread.

Comment author: Benquo 26 November 2007 02:04:34PM 2 points [-]

Tiiba,

I think Robin may have meant by "purpose" role in society rather than explicit intention of the principal. (In other words, the signaling is why employers continue to value education, and why people keep going to school.)

Similarly, even if you don't, for instance, go to a bar with the explicit purpose of propagating your genes, you are only naturally inclined to get laid because it's an evolutionarily fit behavior. This doesn't mean you can't explicitly hold another purpose in your mind.