Re: Dynamic ethics

From: Mike Dougherty (
Date: Wed Jan 18 2006 - 16:08:29 MST

As "progress" continues to accelerate, there may be relativistic effects in
society. Let me explain: The cultural norms of a 'niche' of society (say,
"musical interest community") may be grasping the leading edge of the
light-speed bubble away from an opposite dimension group (say, "graphic arts
community") - The local laws may appear to be red-shifted into
unintelligble nonsense from the other's perspective. At the same time, the
general "artistic" commonality may unify these different groups against a
more 'practical' minded group. Like any chaotic system, there are pockets
of expected behavior (attractors) and regions of [apparent] instability. If
your view zooms out far enough, the whole matter becomes a point in a
generalization with well-defined governing factors. The governing factors
of a near-Singularity will likely be dictated by impending Singularity as
the physics of space-time around the event horizon of a black hole are
governed by the 'laws' of physics. (at the same time I thought this was a
clear analogy, 'normal physics' tend to break down around the event horizon,
so it's either apt or moot - or it's not. (to abuse a quote from another
list member)

On 1/18/06, Phil Goetz <> wrote:
> - Doesn't this suggest that any ethical system which has every human
> observing the same ethical code is like an ecosystem containing only
> one type of organism, or like a genetic algorithm that has converged,
> and relies only on mutation for improvement? In general, more diverse
> ecosystems are more stable and more productive. This would mean that
> having only one single moral code for everyone is highly immoral.

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