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by Ubuntu
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Duty-to-rescue op-ed
Replies: 3
Views: 2484

Re: Duty-to-rescue op-ed

Psychology is not a science and the concept of mental illness is neither logically coherent or scientific. It's legitimately astounding that people take the concept of mental illness seriously and that psychiatrists have the legal power and perceived authority that they do but even if you believe th...
by Ubuntu
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: plants that eat animals and utilitarianism
Replies: 7
Views: 3277

Re: plants that eat animals and utilitarianism

"I think flies are negligibly sentient. I'd be more worried about animals that eat smarter animals, like pigs." Either someone is sentient (they have subjective experience) or they don't. There are no degrees to sentience. Even if some animals feel emotional states less intensely in response to the ...
by Ubuntu
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Would teaching Buddhism be better than teaching utilitarian?
Replies: 8
Views: 3374

Re: Would teaching Buddhism be better than teaching utilitarian?

I wouldn't expect people who aren't utilitarian to donate to the right charities. I don't know why you or Ryan Carey think this. Everyone donates to charity with the intention of helping to minimize suffering but even if some people are more likely to donate to charity for self-image or virtue ethi...
by Ubuntu
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Most Utilitarian Political System?
Replies: 6
Views: 4216

Re: Most Utilitarian Political System?

I consider hedonistic consequentialism itself to be a social-political (and general ethical and existential) world view - even if hedonistic consequentialists have different matter of fact expectations about which policies would produce the most happiness / least suffering for the greatest number of...
by Ubuntu
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Pedophilia
Replies: 11
Views: 4560

Re: Pedophilia

Sexual and romantic interest in children is pretty benign to me. I think there practical scenarios when some kind of child-adult sexual contact or romantic / erotic physical intimacy could be harmless to the child involved but I also think there are solid reasons to discourage it systematically (out...
by Ubuntu
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Your suggestions for Pragmatic Utilitarianism
Replies: 8
Views: 8897

Re: Your suggestions for Pragmatic Utilitarianism

This page will contain a list of practical advice for helping people of all backgrounds to stick to core ethical beliefs and commitments. I reckon we should explicitly restrict it to advice about sticking to utilitarian commitments because (i) Some of the advice might not be very general (e.g. how ...
by Ubuntu
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: How important are climate change, aging, enhancement, etc.?
Replies: 10
Views: 3737

Re: How important are climate change, aging, enhancement, et

I'm skeptical of claims that this is a utilitarian cause, because I think a lot of people have obvious ulterior motivations for wanting to support it. Since I'm a classical utilitarian, I do see organisms as just buckets in which to hold positive emotions, and it doesn't matter which buckets you us...
by Ubuntu
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Utilitarianism and drugs (soma)
Replies: 37
Views: 17706

Re: Utilitarianism and drugs (soma)

My first question is "Is a lack of political freedom an excessive price to pay for such pleasure?" I don't consider a lack of political freedom in and of itself to be a cost, necessary or otherwise (although I do think a person would necessarily be happier if they were free to do what they want to ...
by Ubuntu
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Reducing Suffering with Current Resources
Replies: 10
Views: 4132

Re: Reducing Suffering with Current Resources

2. Exterminate all r-selected species that are not essential for the ecosystem. I don't know much about k vs. r selected species but I don't think it's a credible explanation for political differences in humans. Why the r-selected species and essential for the ecosystem in what way? In what ways is...
by Ubuntu
Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: making utilitarianism popular
Replies: 5
Views: 2481

Re: making utilitarianism popular

It doesn't matter to me if people formally and consciously identify as hedonistic consequentialists if they don't understand and care about what it consistently implies or personally value the happiness of all individual beings out of affective empathy for them. I don't claim to so this is hypocriti...
by Ubuntu
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Promoting ethics/philosophy in general a good idea?
Replies: 20
Views: 6231

Re: Promoting ethics/philosophy in general a good idea?

In my opinion, the role of philosophy in ethics is to determine which ethical ideas are internally consistent or inconsistent or, if they are internally consistent, which other ideas they are compatible or incompatible with. I consider the belief or attitude that happiness is intrinsically good to b...
by Ubuntu
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts
Replies: 15
Views: 20502

Re: Antinatalist solution to WAS - curious to hear your thoughts

" I fail to see how there can be any doubt about that wild animals' lives are generally not worth living, especially when one considers the fierce war that is evolution and what it inevitably throws at sentient life." I wouldn't want to undermine the amount of suffering that non-human animals in the...
by Ubuntu
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Uncertainty, ambiguity and shame
Replies: 0
Views: 944

Uncertainty, ambiguity and shame

There's a common misconception that 'uncertainty' is something that causes distress in people with very specific personality types whereas other people can experience it neutrally or even positively. I would argue that uncertainty itself is a form of distress. By 'uncertainty' I don't mean a lack of...
by Ubuntu
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Antifashionism
Replies: 7
Views: 3437

Re: Antifashionism

I don't really understand your argument. I can understand your point if you're saying that people are wasting money or other resources on personal entertainment that could have otherwise been spent on cost-effective charity and altruism instead but your argument seems to be that people overestimate ...
by Ubuntu
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Utilitarian future
Topic: The inconsistencies of my fellow hedonists and why I'm territorial about hedonistic consequentialism
Replies: 0
Views: 1000

The inconsistencies of my fellow hedonists and why I'm territorial about hedonistic consequentialism

On one hand the fantasy of living in a society comprised of sincere , consistent hedonistic consequentialists (people who are emotionally invested in H.C and for whom it's not just a dry, abstract philosophical position) is exciting for me but in practice I am completely bummed out and genuinely bot...
by Ubuntu
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: The Expected Utility of Sex
Replies: 4
Views: 16968

Re: The Expected Utility of Sex

A common naïve view of Utilitarianism is that is exceedingly permissive of consensual sexual relations among adults. After all, sex is pleasurable to both parties, which should make it okay for a hedonistic morality like Utilitarianism right? I agree that hedonistic consequentialism doesn't necessa...
by Ubuntu
Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Am I NLU or NU?
Replies: 49
Views: 23299

Re: Am I NLU or NU?

There are similarities, yes, but they're not necessarily just different in some quantitative dimension. There may be qualitatively different brain processes for different intensities (and even different forms of suffering at the same intensity). Collapsing degree of suffering to a single number is ...
by Ubuntu
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Am I NLU or NU?
Replies: 49
Views: 23299

Re: Am I NLU or NU?

One can value the whole more than the sum of its parts. The qualitative nature of a intense suffering can be judged different in kind from mild suffering. The whole of something is the sum (whole) of it's parts. I don't understand what this has to do with your argument. Extreme pain has the same na...
by Ubuntu
Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Am I NLU or NU?
Replies: 49
Views: 23299

Re: Am I NLU or NU?

Hi Ubuntu :) Hello I doubt there is a non-arbitrary stance on this issue (or on many, many other ethical issues). It's not an issue of coherence. My view is coherent, just not non-arbitrary. Even if a preference for happiness over suffering, or non-existence over suffering, is arbitrary (I don't th...
by Ubuntu
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Am I NLU or NU?
Replies: 49
Views: 23299

Re: Am I NLU or NU?

Of course, the arbitrariness objection is more of a problem for moral realists like David Pearce, who argues from a non-arbitrary God's Eye View, and intuits a negative bias nevertheless. If you reject moral realism, you can just be arbitrary. It's still a problem for moral anti-realists who care a...