[extropy-chat] Fwd: CNN features amazing user with autism

Anne Corwin sparkle_robot at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 25 23:42:44 UTC 2007

You'd almost have to already be a psychopath to want to be a psychopath, since that personality type is one focused almost entirely on desiring to manipulate and use others toward their own ends with no regard for the personhood of those others.  I don't know if there's such a thing as a true psychopath that wishes they weren't one, since if you're already completely lacking in empathy and compassion, what could motivate you to wish for the ability to feel empathy or compassion? 

- Anne

Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote: 

 On 2/26/07, Anne Corwin <sparkle_robot at yahoo.com> wrote:
 Jef said:

"While it's fashionable and considered by some to be the height of 
morality to argue that all preferences are equally valid, it is
morally indefensible."

I don't think anyone was saying that "all preferences are equally valid"...it's a long leap from suggesting that a preference or inclination to interact with water is, perhaps, something that ought to be respected to suggesting that everything any person might want to do is somehow valid and worthy of defense.   

If someone has a preference for torturing small animals, it would of course be reprehensible to defend this preference as valid.    
 Thanks, that's what I meant. And an interesting question is, if everyone could *choose* their preferences, what would they choose? Would anyone actually decide they want to be a psychopath? Even many psychopaths I have met admit that life would have been easier if they had been different, but they are unfortunately stuck with who they are. 
 Stathis Papaiaonnou
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