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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 December 2008 12:31AM

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Comment author: JulianMorrison 21 December 2008 01:12:39AM -1 points [-]

@Eliezer: If you are going to solve The Culture, then you're my genuine hero. I know it's odd to pick this one thing, but the implications of that series have been quietly bugging me for ages.

@Richard Hollerith: every argument for wireheading of the form "but then I wouldn't care about that stuff any more" can also be applied to shooting yourself in the head. You'd get zero utils, but you wouldn't care about that anymore.

An ethical dilemma around your future self can be rotated off the T axis into one relating to a separate person. (If anything, the case relating to another person is weaker, you don't reasonably expect to become them yourself.) In both cases, the one that judges and the one that experiences are separate. Thus if you should be against another person shooting themself, you should also be against your future self doing so, and for (no fewer than) the same reasons.