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My Confusion about Moral Philosophy 2020-11-14T03:49:39.115Z
How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? 2020-10-29T03:35:59.472Z

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Comment by nacruno96 on Transparent Technologies · 2020-11-29T15:16:19.562Z · LW · GW

I like cars, windows out of comfort. To deal with Linux you need to know more about computation than I know. Which would probably give you utility, but I at least don’t see any immediate utility for my personal life. I like cars mainly because I am more secure and faster with them than with a bike. Also I just don’t enjoy physical activity. Given having enough money I don’t care companies screwing me in small for me insignificant aspects 

Comment by nacruno96 on Straight-edge Warning Against Physical Intimacy · 2020-11-29T07:48:48.488Z · LW · GW

Lol you are a very wise man 

Comment by nacruno96 on Why are young, healthy people eager to take the Covid-19 vaccine? · 2020-11-29T07:22:28.954Z · LW · GW

I think there is totally irrational fear going on in society on vaccines. First of all it is really hard to develope a vaccine that is more dangerous than the infection itself. There have been vaccines that were incredibly dangerous to take in the early 19th century and some vaccines in the early 20th century could kill you too, but they would kill you in one of 10 000 cases. But this vaccine can’t kill you under any circumstances. Phizer vaccine will get ineffective if it’s too warm which means nothing will happen if you let it wait outdoors in warm temperatures and inject it later on. virusu, hence components of the in vaccines loose their potency in warmth they don’t get more dangerous. And you just underestimate the danger too. As long you aren’t 12 years old covid is dangerous. There have been one million infections and 10 men between 20-29 died in Germany. Assuming 100 000 men in this age group where infected and that that 2000 of them ended up in a hospital, you are simply better off taking the vaccine. No one who was vaccinated ended up in a hospital. So how dangerous could a vaccine be

Comment by nacruno96 on My Confusion about Moral Philosophy · 2020-11-15T02:21:56.559Z · LW · GW

I agree with the first statement of yours. But I disagree with the second. As I stated in my text I think that morality is determined by conflicting emotions. If your morality is build around the wish to help and cultural guilt feelings both motivations will end up in being in conflict with each other. I would however agree that that a axiomatic approach in your sense where you choose the axioms also based on where they will lead you down the rabbit hole makes sense in other fields of philosophy or if the aim of once moral philosophy is achieving rationality above arriving at the right morality 

Comment by nacruno96 on My Confusion about Moral Philosophy · 2020-11-15T02:00:24.772Z · LW · GW

That’s true, but is that also your opinion?

Comment by nacruno96 on My Confusion about Moral Philosophy · 2020-11-15T00:57:10.334Z · LW · GW

To be totally honest most of the academic philosophical discussions confuse me in several ways. I am not sure my position can be called extreme moral subjectivism. I for example know you can define justice. And a certain action can be according to that definition just or not. Hence justice exists. But it exists because humans define the idea of justice. Hence killing someone would not be just. The idea of justice however is of interest because our utility perception holds it necessary to create notions of justice towards satisfying or wish to help or towards controlling guilt and shame feelings. Killing is wrong however is a statement without truth value as long one does not specify what wrong means. It might be unjust under certain created moral systems.  This would be my position on that matter. But if you disagree I would really like to hear in what sense you would disagree 
 

Comment by nacruno96 on My Confusion about Moral Philosophy · 2020-11-14T20:34:46.701Z · LW · GW

It doesn’t make killing people moral for most people but for a nazi it is moral to kill the Jews to give an extreme example. Or another example you hate your boss you would like to kill him, but killing him would make you feel guilty. So you measure your expected utility and decide. But I would really Appreciate if you would articulate your view more because I am not sure I totally understood you

Comment by nacruno96 on My Confusion about Moral Philosophy · 2020-11-14T20:25:52.670Z · LW · GW

I agree

Comment by nacruno96 on My Confusion about Moral Philosophy · 2020-11-14T16:19:34.330Z · LW · GW

Thank you for your comment. To some extent I hoped for some kind of constructive criticism of this sort. 
 

first, strictly speaking i think rationality in humans will cause them to lack a precise moral system, precisely because our moral feelings (guilt, shame, pleasure in helping someone) are systems that stand in conflict to each other. Hence a consistent moral system cannot regulate our moral systems efficiently. 

your second point or observation is something I am agreeing with. which is why I am advocating a moral system that isn’t strictly utilitarian or deontolgical, because moral systems are one sided in the sense that they just address one moral feeling instead of the whole range of them. 

I would define rationality in following abstract terms. An agent is rational if his behaviors maximize his utility function over a prioritized time horizon. I think the true reason why some people support for example abortion or for someone not supporting abortion is in which statements leads to more utility. There is no thing that is violated if we kill another human being or torture one. What is really violated is our taste, our guilty capacity or our sense of shame. For some people this is violated if it’s not bible supported and for some people it is violated if it is just distasteful. 
 

In the second bigger comment section you misinterpreted my text. My whole point in text addresses the impossibility of a moral system for a human being that wants to be rational 

Comment by nacruno96 on When Money Is Abundant, Knowledge Is The Real Wealth · 2020-11-06T00:49:02.612Z · LW · GW

I agree. But knowledge was abundant for him too. What wasn’t abundant was critical thinking. And this was the problem from the start

Comment by nacruno96 on Non Polemic: How do you personally deal with "irrational" people? · 2020-11-06T00:10:09.247Z · LW · GW

I have the same problem. But I kind of focus on my goals and don’t care so much about what other people say do or recommend. I also doubt that learning about rationality changed you. It was caring about rationality. Because I cared about it most of the time quiet deeply and I was a bit like that all the time. Find people like yourself and if there are no people like yourself just do what you enjoy. And to a certain extent you can enjoy irrational people. They have often some resemblance of humor. Also we are probably not totally rational. 

Comment by nacruno96 on Non Polemic: How do you personally deal with "irrational" people? · 2020-11-05T23:54:02.550Z · LW · GW

Which gives this person who is asking nothing. Just do what is fun for you wound be a better advice

Comment by nacruno96 on No, Really, I've Deceived Myself · 2020-11-05T23:33:41.587Z · LW · GW

Okay not knowing your friend I think she could do following: 

premise one. God probably exists

premise two. I want to believe in him

conclusion I believe in god. That’s it. 

of course it’s weird but if you really want to believe it works. For me and you this isn’t enough. But for her it seems to be

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-30T14:26:04.380Z · LW · GW

On the side window there is an airbag too in my car but you are right 

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-30T14:24:46.046Z · LW · GW

You are right death is only the enemy if your life has minimal suffering and somewhat enough pleasure.

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T19:54:28.802Z · LW · GW

Wait what the hell are we talking about. For what do we have airbags in cars? Or is there another reason For a helmet?

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T19:46:08.078Z · LW · GW

i don’t know if you have that much choice over living satisfied or unsatisfied. I think my life satisfaction might probably increase without my covid fear. But everyone is different. 

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T19:39:15.907Z · LW · GW

The death is part of life thing seems to me to be a wise thing to say. But I don’t agree. Death is the ultimate enemy. I would rather lose my sight permanently and for eternity than to die. But that is me. Concerning the quality over quantity thing I would say that it’s a question of circumstance. If you have a happy life. You want to increase the quantity if you have a mixed life probably you would want to increase the quality. I myself think I might be an exception in the sense that I am not being affected hugely by the decrease of socializing. I didn’t socialize much before the covid situation. 

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T15:23:10.865Z · LW · GW

i agree, but how would you calculate tolerable death risks? Where would you draw the line? 

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T15:16:12.344Z · LW · GW

Okay at least I know what it is referring to so I don’t feel like a retard for not knowing the short form

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T13:22:36.478Z · LW · GW

Where do you have the number 0,005 % from ?

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T13:15:50.921Z · LW · GW

I knew this study of people thinking they are good drivers, which could mean everything, but not that they view themselves as cautious drivers. But I red your comment anyways 

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T13:11:14.843Z · LW · GW

I will probably if you convince me

Comment by nacruno96 on How should one deal with life threatening infections or air planes? · 2020-10-29T13:10:22.108Z · LW · GW

I started to do sports in my room. And concerning social interaction I talk to people on dating apps and relatives on the phone. However I probably talk less than 15 minutes to someone per day. Also probably I should have mentioned before a big motivation in life for me is to live excessively long. I am new to this community what is EA standing for?

Comment by nacruno96 on Why don't we tape surgical masks to the face to seal them airtight? · 2020-10-28T05:35:29.022Z · LW · GW

What is your expected death risk if you catch it. I tried to determine mine but I ended up with a risk expectation somewhere between 0,4 and 0,001 percent. This estimation was influenced mainly by conflicting data and insecurity about how to account for absent risk factors 

Comment by nacruno96 on Humans are stunningly rational and stunningly irrational · 2020-10-27T22:33:03.443Z · LW · GW

For a human being a view can be right, wrong or as a third option the energy you would need to put in deciding if something is right or wrong is high to the extent that that it would not make sense to go all the way trying to come up with an answer. This is exactly the case with establishing a V value. Unless you are all knowing, hence a god. Therefore given the means humans have, what they are doing is not quite that irrational. You can not be rational beyond your means. You can not say a human is irrational because he doesn’t fly away if he sees a lion. Because there are limits. And every being can just be rational or irrational within his limits. Irrationality within your limits would be to go into a forest without a gun, for example. 

Comment by nacruno96 on What should experienced rationalists know? · 2020-10-26T23:25:56.317Z · LW · GW

I have a bit of the same reaction to that. You can know all the stuff mentioned here and I will read it again but if you don’t have the instinct to ask yourself this simple question it will not matter.

Comment by nacruno96 on Stupid Questions October 2020 · 2020-10-26T23:08:40.221Z · LW · GW

Why do we not become a political party and build a rational world government. Or a less wrong world government ?

Comment by nacruno96 on Humans are stunningly rational and stunningly irrational · 2020-10-26T22:52:39.786Z · LW · GW

Hold on. The part about humans being irrational is a bit problematic in my view. I agree they are sometimes irrational but I think your assumptions are too strong. First of all by engaging in all those things to maximize V you would need to put extremely much energy and you are not even sure you would succeed. Besides maximizing V is not just maximizing something but also minimizing pain to some extent your model of the hyper rational person would not be a human. Because pain would not exist for him. A normal person would be totally bored in pain by perusing what you describe in that extreme way, while living with the risk that nothing he does end up benefiting him. I think a rational actual human would put far more emphasis on avoiding pain. And would try to achieve what you describe in a less painful way. And it would be far from certain if he would succeed. Besides you are assuming endless intelligence too. But humans have limited intelligence and therefore they only can be rational within the limits of their intelligence.

Comment by nacruno96 on Is Success the Enemy of Freedom? (Full) · 2020-10-26T22:40:33.948Z · LW · GW

I am not sure if this would solve the issue for you, but I try to make passive income towards not being dependent on work, so that I have the freedom to do what I want. But I am really not sure this would solve it because I think you pointed out that even wealth can be a limitation. It depends how much time you spend to maintain in it and how successful you are with it

Comment by nacruno96 on Does playing hard to get work? AB testing for romance · 2020-10-26T19:38:56.620Z · LW · GW

I actually agree with many of your ideas and I think the things you are doing and your approach will show results and work, but there is one huge problem that is making me never go so far to actually change my behavior which makes me end up behaving as I am. I just don’t feel comfortable if I act. Before long I will end up having no respect for the girl I am dating and if she shows interest in me I would know she does not like me but the image I present her. Also implicitly you end up showing more regard for a stranger you don’t know than for yourself, because you basically end up fighting for someones affection instead of giving someone the choice to like you or not like you. I tested your strategy for myself, but I wasn’t happy with it.  And often the underlying problem to I think the  top 10% of the smartest men in society ending up with no partner is not about things they do wrong it’s about the distribution disparity of smart men to smart women. There are far more smart men than women. As there are far more stupid men than stupid women. there are 5 times or 4 times as many men with iq >140 and with iq >120 there is still a big sex difference. So I think that is the real problem. Which is why I prefer hookers as long I am not really dating someone who is about as smart as I am. By the way I never have taken an iq test so I am not sure how smart that would be. 

Comment by nacruno96 on Why don't we tape surgical masks to the face to seal them airtight? · 2020-10-26T18:47:50.670Z · LW · GW

I think the amount of effort would would be too high for a masks that would end up being unpractical. It would not filter aerosols reliably and breathing comfort would also be undermined. Also those masks aren’t designed to be used as much as we do know. That’s my theory. But you might be right that it would make sense to do that.

Comment by nacruno96 on Why don't we tape surgical masks to the face to seal them airtight? · 2020-10-26T18:40:01.501Z · LW · GW

I think you overestimate two things at least. First there is still doubt about if the amount of entering virus is that predicting of the outcome. And I think you overestimate your control on how much you are able to control the amount of Virus entering your body. And I am not sure if being exposed to low quantities of virus will have any health benefit on you.

Comment by nacruno96 on Value realism · 2020-10-26T18:09:31.773Z · LW · GW

I agree with everything mentioned in this post. However one could give examples of placed in which the things you mentioned wouldn’t necessarily apply. I do think you could if you see human society as a unity give objective values of a tree or a commodity. Of course the objective value would then never remain the same, because conditions would change, and also it would still have nothing to do with the inherent value. Which is as you pointed out not existing. Also there is a darker dimension to all you mentioned. What would be the value of a human being. so I think one could really expand your intuition in other areas and come up with interesting conclusions. Another area your logic would not apply would be the stock market if both investors have the same long term goal every trade would necessarily lead to one loosing and one winning expect if the one selling is buying something with a higher return in that time frame and then a third person would loose