[extropy-chat] frozen in fire

kevinfreels.com kevin at kevinfreels.com
Sun Jan 21 05:54:48 UTC 2007

> In every generation, unto the furthest star and the deepest depths of
> Time, for as long as that light lasts which began in the human species,
> there will be those who care for every sibling of the family Sentience.
>   Those who help freeze you may not know you, but for your sake they
> have set themselves against Death to shatter the scythe.  And others of
> that same kind, also shall revive the frozen.
> -- 
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/

Yes. This is a great thing. I was watching "World Trade Center" last night
and it dawned on me how great it was that there were hundreds of people
willing to crawl down a hole and risk killing themselves just to save a
couple strangers that were near death. Only a minor shift in some rubble
would have killed nearly every person in that hole. I remarked to my fiancee
that it was terrific there were people like them and like those who care for
people who can't care for themselves. I sure as heck wouldn't be able to do
either one.

While I appreciate the thought experiment, the reality is that someone out
there is going to be willing to save the child, then go back in for the
embryos even if the situation seems almost hopeless. They will save them in
the order they were able and possibly depending on the level of danger at
the moment to each. The child is probably in more immediate danger so would
most likely be removed first. The question of right or wrong is silly
because for each situation, the rightness or wrongness is relative to the
individual on the scene and as such, there is no "right" answer any more
than there is when you was "which color is prettier" Pink or Purple?"

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