Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pluralistic Moral Reductionism

(Commentary to the post “Pluralistic Moral Reductionism”) Introduction There are multiple useful definitions of sound, e.g. ‘acoustic vibrations’ or ‘auditory experiences’. Equally, there can be many useful definitions of moral terms. Enter pluralistic moral reductionism. Some people think that an … Continue reading

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521. Ethical Notes – 522. Which Parts Are “Me”?

521. Ethical Notes Some remarks on the previous posts. 522. Which Parts Are “Me”? Which modules of your brain do you consider important and which do you reject? What does the ‘you’ in the previous sentence even mean? There is … Continue reading

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516. Dark Side Epistemology – 520. Prices or Bindings?

516. Dark Side Epistemology If you want to hold on to one false cherished belief – be it socialism or the soul – you’re epistemically screwed because you now have to protect other false beliefs that protect this false belief. … Continue reading

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Meta-ethics: Cornell Realism and short summary.

So, we’re slowly approaching the more sane and interesting parts of Miller’s book “Introduction into contemporary meta-ethics”. The first 7 chapters are largely nonsense. Chapter 8 is about Cornell Realism, a cognitivistic, naturalistic,  non-reductionistic theory of meta-ethics. A short summary … Continue reading

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513. Ends Don’t Justify Means (Among Humans) – 515. Traditional Capitalist Values

513. Ends Don’t Justify Means (Among Humans) Nice post that argues for deontological constraints based on consequentialism and evolutionary psychology: In some cases, human beings have evolved in such fashion as to think that they are doing X for prosocial … Continue reading

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510. The Ritual – 512. Why Does Power Corrupt?

(Two petty posts and a nice one about evolutionary psychology.) 510. The Ritual Continues the fictional story of Jeffreyssai. 511. Rationality quotes 512. Why Does Power Corrupt? ….as soon as I was introduced to the notion of evolutionary psychology (~1995), … Continue reading

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507. Shut up and do the impossible! – 509. Crisis of Faith

(More posts of marginal importance.) 507. Shut up and do the impossible! The virtue of tsuyoku naritai, “I want to become stronger”, is to always keep improving—to do better than your previous failures, not just humbly confess them. Yet there … Continue reading

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504. Meetup post – 506. Make an Extraordinary Effort

(Just a few “inspirational” posts) 504. Meetup post 505. On Doing the Impossible “Persevere.”  It’s a piece of advice you’ll get from a whole lot of high achievers in a whole lot of disciplines.  I didn’t understand it at all, … Continue reading

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501. Rationality quotes – 503. My Bayesian Enlightenment

501. Rationality quotes 502. Beyond the Reach of God This is a pretty gloomy post. …Looking back on the magnitude of my own folly, I realized that at the root of it had been a disbelief in the Future’s vulnerability—a … Continue reading

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497. Awww, a Zebra – 500. Use the Try Harder, Luke

497. Awww, a Zebra Irrelevant. 498. Intrade and the Dow Drop Irrelevant. 499. Trying to Try Examines the famous remark of Yoda: No!  Try not!  Do, or do not.  There is no try. Yudkowsky: Years ago, I thought this was … Continue reading

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