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Hopefully_Anonymous comments on Inseparably Right; or, Joy in the Merely Good - Less Wrong

22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 09 August 2008 01:00AM

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Comment author: Hopefully_Anonymous 09 August 2008 10:58:52PM 0 points [-]

I think the child on train tracks/orphan in burning building tropes you reference back to prey on bias, rather than seek to overcome it. And I think you've been running from hard questions rather than dealing with them forthrightly (like whether we should give primacy to minimizing horrific outcomes or to promoting social aesthetics like "do not murder children" or minimizing horrific outcomes). To me this sums up to you picking positions for personal status enhancement rather than for solving the challenges we face. I understand why that would be salient for a non-anonymous blogger. I hope you at least do your best to address them anonymously. Otherwise we could be left with a tragedy of the future outcomes commons, with all the thinkers vying for status over maximizing our future outcomes.