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27 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 January 2009 09:58AM

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Comment author: nazgulnarsil2 23 January 2009 10:50:33AM 3 points [-]

*we must adapt ourselves to live here, not somewhere else.*

I try to explain this when I get called a racist for not wanting to go to a poor/predominantly black and latino neighborhood. I have a high preference for a world in which race doesn't make a bit of difference. However today, in *this* world I am 2 orders of magnitude more likely to have a crime perpetrated against me in said neighborhood.

I also bring this up when people respond to my ideas with unlikely sinking ship/rescue raft ethical scenarios. There are enough regular problems that need solving. As the world becomes more gentle we can start putting more effort into the edge cases.

And again with global warming. I'd love to live in a world in which a .3% change in radiation absorption was our most pressing concern. However in this world we could save many more lives and species by refocusing our money and efforts.

Comment author: handoflixue 12 July 2011 08:08:53PM 2 points [-]

in this world I am 2 orders of magnitude more likely to have a crime perpetrated against me in said neighborhood.

Presumably, then, your actual objection is to living in predominantly high-crime neighborhoods, and you'd be fine with poor/black/hispanic neighborhoods? I'd certainly suspect racism if the objection was "but poor = crime!" rather than "looking at the actual statistics, that neighborhood has high crime".