Re: [sl4] 'Ethical' uploading

From: Vladimir Nesov (
Date: Wed Feb 11 2009 - 17:48:41 MST

On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 3:39 AM, Matt Mahoney <> wrote:
> My point is that ethics is a matter of opinion. Some people say that
> waterboarding is torture and some say it isn't. Some say it is OK to eat
> meat and some say it's not. Some say it is ethical to draw blood from
> a mouse by sticking a needle in its eye. There is no objective test to
> resolve who is right.

Some used to say that world is made of fire, and some said it isn't.
There was no objective test to resolve who is right. Some still say
that it's inherently a matter of opinion.

That you can't resolve a problem or even get a clear picture of what
the problem consists in, doesn't mean that there is no definitive
solution. Maybe you don't know it, maybe nobody knows it, but it
doesn't make the problem inherently arbitrary.

Vladimir Nesov

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