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52 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 30 January 2008 05:52PM

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Comment author: rs 31 January 2008 09:49:33PM 2 points [-]

Viz. the dilemma posed in Circular Altruism, what should we do? When forced to "Shup up and multiply", we have forgone our intuitions and picked the choice based upon our mathematics. However, we are not just overcoming our own intuitions, but also the intuitions of everyone who does not simply "Shut up and multiply". We are held accountable not by those who knows the math, but by those who have intuitions like ourselves.

If we save everyone, we are heroes. If we do not, we are held accountable not for the math, but for the very intuition we had to overcome multiplied by as many people who are now trying to hold us accountable.

So at the very least, we should add ourselves as the 501st person who might die in the second case. The price we pay for the burden of rationality!