Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

brazil84 comments on A Much Better Life? - Less Wrong

62 Post author: Psychohistorian 03 February 2010 08:01PM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (173)

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: brazil84 04 February 2010 07:20:44PM 1 point [-]

I suppose that's the nub of the disagreement. I don't believe it's possible to do anything in 2010 to harm Isaac Newton.

Comment author: RobbBB 22 January 2013 05:58:25AM -1 points [-]

Is this a disagreement about metaphysics, or about how best to define the word 'harm'?

Comment author: brazil84 24 January 2013 11:03:22PM 0 points [-]

A little bit of both, I suppose. One needs to define "harm" in a way which is true to the spirit of the prisoner's dilemma. The underlying question is whether one can set up a prisoner's dilemma between a past version of the self and a future version of the self.