Re: Bounded utility (was Re: Pascal's Button)

From: Matt Mahoney (
Date: Tue Apr 08 2008 - 20:57:33 MDT

--- Nick Tarleton <> wrote:

> Utility is not just how good something feels, it's how good I
> rationally judge something to be; it seems like I currently rationally
> judge 2*N deaths (say) to be twice as bad as N deaths for all N, and I
> would choose to modify myself to actually *feel* that difference and
> eliminate scope insensitivity (
> ).

An ethical system of altruism toward individuals but not groups increases the
fitness of the tribe.

-- Matt Mahoney,

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