[ExI] cynicism

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Wed Feb 6 02:00:28 UTC 2013

On 06/02/2013 01:22, Mike Dougherty wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:
>> [ Today we in the FHI gang were accused by a visiting physicist of being
>> cynics when we explained why a certain well-funded big research project was
>> methodologically flawed, but we cheerfully explained that we were just
>> philosophers. We *are* trying to change things, it is just hard. ]
> "just philosophers"  Didn't they made a special drink for Socrates
> over his brand of "just philosophy"?

There is an art of balancing between infuriating and interesting.

We'll see how well I manage in next New Scientist. I think I handled it 
decently with the recent love drug coverage from the Atlantic, but then 
again, who can get upset by ethicists trying to save love? ;-)

Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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