[ExI] Effectiveness of democracy as a result of selection bias

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 11:08:45 UTC 2009

2009/7/2 Aware <aware at awareresearch.com>:

> It's important to distinguish between technologically modifying
> (improving) our instrumental effectiveness in relation to the
> promotion of our present values, versus technologically modifying
> (improving? Relative to what?) our values themselves.  The former is
> quite coherent; we do it all the time, whether it's practicing a
> skill, (un)learning a behavior, or developing and using tools.  The
> latter is incoherent in its recursively regressive application of
> agency.

In that case how would you describe my example of an overweight person
who wants to lose weight, but can't, and then modifies his brain in
order to eat less and exercise more?

Stathis Papaioannou

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