[extropy-chat] A crushing defense of objective ethics.UniversalVolition and 'Ought' from 'is'.

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Fri May 6 19:42:33 UTC 2005

--- John K Clark <jonkc at att.net> wrote:
> "Keith Henson" <hkhenson at rogers.com> Wrote:

> > There are reasons rooted in what is good for *genes*
> Genes have there view of morality and I have mine. Genes think the
> most evil
> thing in the universe was the invention of contraception. I disagree.

John, you can't have your cake and eat it. Just a bit ago you were
arguing that interstellar gas can't think, now you are telling us that
genes do think.

The fact is that ANY amount of processing of information, whether it is
a single quantum event or an AI, is to be classified, for purposes of
this exercise, as 'thought'. I think that it is a fair maxim of
universal, objective, morality, that if you count each flop as a vote
in priority or preference, entities which think the most have greater
priority for survival, self-preservation, and self-posession.

Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://intlib.blogspot.com

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