Comment by kevin_reid on Epilogue: Atonement (8/8) · 2009-02-06T15:33:44.000Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What concept in the Babyeaters' language is the humans' "good" translated to? We have been given a concrete concept for their terminal value, but what is theirs for ours, if any?

Comment by kevin_reid on Ethics Notes · 2008-10-21T22:48:55.000Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This is incidental to the topic, but what do you mean by “controlled shutdown”, as distinct from “shutdown”?

Comment by kevin_reid on Invisible Frameworks · 2008-08-22T11:26:37.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

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Comment by kevin_reid on Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions · 2007-08-26T01:35:09.000Z · score: 12 (12 votes) · LW · GW


The Secret of Life was infinitely beyond the reach of science! Not just a little beyond, mind you, but infinitely beyond!

But Kelvin (in your quote) qualified it with "... hitherto entered on". Whether or not "infinitely" is fitting, doesn't this imply that Kelvin did not think that future scientific inquiry could not succeed?