[extropy-chat] Re: TransColloquium Meeting: Dealing with New Pope's Campaign

Giu1i0 Pri5c0 pgptag at gmail.com
Wed Apr 27 17:54:59 UTC 2005

Come on Eliezer. One thing is saying that there are no moral
absolutes, and another thing is saying that there is nothing worth
fighting for. If a tiger wants to eat me, I will definitely fight to
protect my life even if I don't know, or care, whether it is or not
the morally correct thing to do.

On 4/27/05, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <sentience at pobox.com> wrote:

> Agreed.  From my perspective moral relativism is a complex philosophical
> confusion, something that needs to be explained more than fought.  But to
> fight for moral relativism is a very hard-to-defend ground on which to stake
> one's battlefield, leaving aside that it's not worth defending.  Some people
> analyze that moral relativism helped kill off the Democratic party in the US,
> and they may well be right.  See also "Higher Superstition".  How do you rally
> people to fight for the idea that nothing is worth fighting for?  It may make
> a fine way to smile down at the philosophically unsophisticated from the
> coffeehouse, but it doesn't call a people to arms.

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