[ExI] Economics of SENS

Aleksei Riikonen aleksei at iki.fi
Tue Jun 17 14:18:38 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 4:50 PM, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is it plausible that the reason more money isn't spent on SENS is that
> people have neglected important positives in the cost-benefit
> analysis, rather than simply because they don't believe it is likely
> to work?

Cost-benefit analyses have next to nothing to do with how humans
usually make decisions. Such analyses are not usually done in the
first place. When faced with an unusual suggestion, people don't start
rationally considering attitudes that would clearly be considered
weird and/or immoral in their social environment. Thinking doesn't
enter into it, unless it is thinking about what their friends and
associates would think of them.

Aleksei Riikonen - http://www.iki.fi/aleksei

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