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33 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 January 2009 08:42AM

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Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 31 January 2009 03:29:02PM 3 points [-]

I remain puzzled over why they're trying to decide on the correct course of action themselves.

Wouldn't the only reasonable decision in this case be to return to the rest of the humanity, let the actual government decide whether or not to go to war with an entirely new species? Sure, they'd lose the advantage of surprise, and it may be a really long way back home, but it still bothered me that not a single crew member even raised the possibility. If I was on the crew, pointing out that we have no right to make such a decision on our own would be the first thing I'd do.