Re: Measuring(quantifying) morality?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Aug 25 2006 - 10:03:41 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 06:51 AM 8/24/2006 -0400, Patrick Crenshaw wrote:
>> I don't know what exactly Eliezer's brand of objective morality is,
> Was.
>> but I would certainly like to see something demonstrating that it is
>> the doctrine of morons. Care to send a link?
>> On 8/15/06, *Eliezer S. Yudkowsky* < wrote:
>> Obviously morality would be measured in "morons".
> Is nobody paying attention?

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 03:22 PM 8/24/2006 -0700, Robin wrote:
>> I say, I say, I say it's a *joke*, son.
> It's only a joke in that sense, for somebody of Eliezer's intelligence,
> if there is a sting in the tail. Otherwise, it's just a mindless word
> salad pun.
> Damien

I *said* it was a mindless word salad pun. My exact words were: "Dude,
it was a cheap pun, not a statement of my life philosophy."

I don't really think that beauty should really be measured in
millihelens either, but I still think it's funny. Same principle.

Give me a break, Damien! How intelligent do you think *you* would have
to be, before you were so intelligent that *every single one* of your
jokes was necessarily a creation of deeply subtle wisdom? Yes, I've
been known to do subtly pointed jokes, but not *exclusively*. Try to
see yourself in my shoes here - how would *you* feel if *I* insisted on
interpreting every one of your jokes as meaningful?

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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