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15 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 August 2008 05:55PM

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Comment author: Silas 12 August 2008 10:06:23PM 2 points [-]

It would really rock if you could show the context in which someone used the word "arbitrary" but in a way that just passed the recursive buck.

Here's where I would use it:

[After I ask someone a series of questions about whether certain actions would be immoral]

Me: Now you're just being arbitrary! Eliezer Yudkowsky: Taboo "arbitrary"! Me: Okay, he's deciding what's immoral based on whim. Eliezer Yudkowsky: Taboo "whim"! Me: Okay, his procedures for deciding what's immoral can't be articulated with finite words to a stranger such that he, and the stranger using his morality articulation, yield the same answers to all morality questions.

I'll send my salary requirements if you want. ;-)