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21 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 December 2008 05:00PM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 December 2008 06:56:24PM 6 points [-]

Robin, if people are tempted to gloss my metaethical agenda as "creating a God to rule us all", then it seems clear that there's an expected benefit from talking about my object-level guesses in order to contradict this, since talking about the meta stuff doesn't seem to grab in quite the same way.

There's also the other standard reasons to talk about Fun Theory, such as people asking too little of the future (a God to rule over us is an example of this pattern, as is expecting wonderful new video games); or further crushing religious notions of theodicy (by illustrating what a well-designed world that respected its inhabitants free will and self-determination would look like, in contrast to this one).

Frelkins, Vassar advocates that rationalists should learn to lie, I advocate that rationalists should practice telling the truth more effectively, and we're still having that argument.

Comment author: [deleted] 14 December 2011 11:36:48PM *  14 points [-]

Frelkins, Vassar advocates that rationalists should learn to lie, I advocate that rationalists should practice telling the truth more effectively, and we're still having that argument.

A little over three years later, what are your and Vassar's current positions on this.