A post by lukeprog. I'm fascinated by the social aspects of, and interested in the underlying decisions procedures employed by the LW/SIAI (lesswrong.com / singinst.org) community.
Some into friendly get-to-know-you-type questions:
1.) Why negative utilitarianism?
2.) What moral intuitions are contradicted by utilitarianism?
3.) How do you handle these contradictions?
Humphrey Schneider wrote:And as I consider only negative emotions as bad and not deprivation of positive emotions (because it does not directly create any state of mind that is bad in itself)I am a negative utilitarian.
Humphrey Schneider wrote:It's hard. I try to live according to my intuitions in everyday life, but try to think utilitarian when I have to make decisions of high expected value. I ponder which intuitions might help me to act rationally according to negative Utilitarianism.
Humphrey Schneider wrote:a emotionally positive experience Has been "worth the pain"
Where do you draw the line between positive and negative? Is, for example, the joy of no longer being homeless a positive or a removal of a negative?
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