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Z._M._Davis comments on Three Dialogues on Identity - Less Wrong

31 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 April 2008 06:13AM

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Comment author: Z._M._Davis 21 April 2008 04:03:20PM 1 point [-]

Goplat, I think that when we Occam's Razor something away, it's not so much that we're saying it obviously cannot exist, so much as that we don't have any particular reason to pay attention to this particular possibility. Sure, maybe there could be souls, but with a large answer space and so much evidence for materialism, it would be playing favorites to put a lot of probability mass on the soul hypothesis.

Also, even if there are no moral facts, don't you think the fact that no existing person would prefer a universe filled with paperclips is a sufficient condition for us to call such an outcome bad?---as a matter of common will, if not metaphysics proper.