[ExI] Moral enhancement

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 07:40:27 UTC 2015

On Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 1:29 AM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> On 2015-10-05 20:02, Dan TheBookMan wrote:
> On Oct 5, 2558 BE, at 9:09 AM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> A final solution:  program our genes with powerful instincts so that we
> simply cannot do anything antihuman.  Take away free will, if you will.  If
> you never had it, you'll never miss it.
> That's the authoritarian position, no? If people don't meet someone's
> social ideal, then change the people. Why would that ever be a good thing
> to enforce on others?
> We do enforce it on children and insane people, often for their own good.
> Unfortunately we also do do it for other, bad reasons. And as we argued in
> my most controversial paper (
> http://www.smatthewliao.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/HEandClimateChange.pdf
> ) we may want to enforce these things on *ourselves*.
> There has been a discussion in bioethics of moral enhancement for a few
> years (centered around Savulescu and Person's book "Unfit for the Future"):
> given that we are moving towards a world of powerful technologies in the
> hands of most people, it might be necessary for our survival to become more
> ethical and sane. So biomedical moral enhancement, improving people's
> ability to make good moral choices, may be something that should be
> enforced even if the exact choices or moral systems are left to people.
> https://philosophynow.org/issues/91/Moral_Enhancement
> From a transhumanist standpoint moral enhancement is interesting. When we
> had the discussion about enhanced emotions back around Extro 4, it touched
> on this (long before the outside philosophers crowded in). We can
> distinguish between enhancing the capacities useful for making moral
> behavior (improving our ability to foresee consequences, empathize with
> others, and control ourselves), enhancements of our social structures
> (setting up incentives to be nice, surveillance and reputations to make
> being bad worse), but also the ethical issues of being a moral enhanced
> being - with great power comes great responsibility.
> --
> Anders Sandberg
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Oxford Martin School
> Oxford University
> _______________________________________________
> extropy-chat mailing list
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org
> http://lists.extropy.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/extropy-chat

Rafal Smigrodzki, MD-PhD
Senior Scientist,
Gencia Corporation
706 B Forest St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

tel: (434) 295-4800

fax: (434) 295-4951

This electronic message transmission contains information from the
biotechnology firm of Gencia Corporation which may be confidential or
privileged. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual
or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this electronic
transmission in error, please notify us by telephone (434-295-4800) or by
electronic mail (fportell at genciabiotech.com) immediately.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/attachments/20151007/dfe1769c/attachment.html>

More information about the extropy-chat mailing list