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Comment author: Houshalter 20 September 2013 01:03:52AM 0 points [-]

Learning new values as people naturally do is a very different thing than, say, deleting the empathy part of your brain and becoming a psychopath. The first are changes that we accept voluntarily for the most part, whereas the second no one would chose for themselves and you would be horrified at your future self if you did so.

The point is just because future you doesn't care, doesn't mean it's a bad thing. An extreme example, if you were to just delete your intelligence entirely, you wouldn't regret it. But I don't think you want that for yourself.

There are less obvious cases, like deleting your value for social interaction and withdrawing from society completely. It's not an obviously bad thing, but I don't think it's something you would choose voluntarily.