[ExI] managing omnicidal maniacs

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 16:16:41 UTC 2015

On Sep 9, 2015 5:30 PM, "William Flynn Wallace" <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I do wonder who would act if they could push a button and end the world,
or just humanity.

On the one hand, one can imagine convincing everyone, or at least most
people, that pushing a certain button - easy to do, pushable over the Web -
will end all humanity, but all it really does is end their world by killing
them; anyone still surviving would thus be revealed as not truly believing
that all should die.

On the other hand, word of the deception would soon get around, and those
who sincerely believe in negative utility wouldn't simply off themselves.
Further, many (most?) of those in power who spout off about this actually
just want other people to die so those in power can enjoy more power, and
they find no end of excuse to put off their own demise.
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