[ExI] Existential hysteria

Tomaz Kristan protokol2020 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 06:37:27 UTC 2014

Anders wrote:

> It also encompasses the reinsurance industry, a business that is very
careful to have as accurate risk models as possible and does lose money
when they are wrong.

I think, the insurance companies use AGW as a PR stunt and maybe as an
excuse to be more expensive. No hard data proves the link between
calamities and AGW, but it is a PR important stuff.

It's all just a mirage.

If I am wrong, a piece of unambiguous data should be mentioned somewhere.
Or better everywhere. But it is not.

On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> There is a fair amount of motivated cognition going around (not just among
> AGW deniers, but among AGW supporters), and even is-ought confusion. I
> wrote a little essay about it:
> http://www.aleph.se/andart/archives/2014/06/do_we_have_to_be_good_to_set_things_right.html
> BillK <pharos at gmail.com> , 24/7/2014 12:54 AM:
> The tragic ones are the libertarians. The changes required to fix AGW
> run directly against their individualistic ideology. The obsession of
> libertarians with individual liberty crowds out the value of truth. So
> they find themselves forced to deny the obvious climate changes going
> on around them.
> It might be a Tetlockian sacred value: to libertarians freedom is
> essentially the only sacred thing that must not be traded for anything
> secular. Most other views have different sacred values, and do not usually
> place freedom in that category. So they are OK with trading some forms of
> freedom for other things, like better clima te. But this is as outrageous
> to a libertarian as putting an explicit dollar value on human lives is to
> most people (to them human lives are sacred values that must not be traded
> for secular money value). End result: various psychological mechanisms
> erupt and people behave irrationally.
> Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford
> University
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