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There are no rules requiring minds to value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. An alien will have, in all probability, Alien values. They might be [[Paperclip maximizer|Paperclip maximizers]], they might only value non-sentient life, they might spend all their time building prime number [http://lesswrong.com/lw/sy/sorting_pebbles_into_correct_heaps/ heaps of rocks].
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There are no rules requiring minds to value life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. An alien will have, in all probability, '''alien values'''. If an "alien" isn't evolved, the [[mind design space|range of possible values]] increases even more, allowing such [[absurdity heuristic|absurdities]] as a [[Paperclip maximizer]]. Creatures with alien values might as well value ''only'' non-sentient life, or they might spend all their time building [http://lesswrong.com/lw/sy/sorting_pebbles_into_correct_heaps/ heaps of prime numbers of rocks].
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==Blog posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/so/humans_in_funny_suits/ Humans in Funny Suits]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/sy/sorting_pebbles_into_correct_heaps/ Sorting Pebbles Into Correct Heaps]
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
  
 
*[[Giant cheesecake fallacy]]
 
*[[Giant cheesecake fallacy]]
*[[Paperclip maximizer]]
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*[[Complexity of value]]
 
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*[[Mind design space]], [[Paperclip maximizer]]
==Blog posts==
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*[[Anthropomorphism]], [[Human universal]]
 
 
=====Posts by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]:=====
 
 
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/so/humans_in_funny_suits/ Humans in Funny Suits]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/sy/sorting_pebbles_into_correct_heaps/ Sorting Pebbles]
 
  
 
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[[Category:Ethics]]

Latest revision as of 07:45, 18 November 2009

There are no rules requiring minds to value life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. An alien will have, in all probability, alien values. If an "alien" isn't evolved, the range of possible values increases even more, allowing such absurdities as a Paperclip maximizer. Creatures with alien values might as well value only non-sentient life, or they might spend all their time building heaps of prime numbers of rocks.

Blog posts

See also