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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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*[[Giant cheesecake fallacy]]
 
*[[Giant cheesecake fallacy]]
 
*[[Paperclip maximizer]]
 
*[[Paperclip maximizer]]
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*[[Complexity of value]]
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==Blog posts==
 
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/so/humans_in_funny_suits/ Humans in Funny Suits]
 
*[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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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/sy/sorting_pebbles_into_correct_heaps/ Sorting Pebbles Into Correct Heaps]
  
 
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Revision as of 06:18, 22 July 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.

See also

Blog posts

Posts by Eliezer Yudkowsky: