Comment by natewind on Arguments for the existence of qualia · 2020-02-19T04:21:50.130Z · score: -6 (2 votes) · LW · GW
Arguably the nature of an atom (or whatever elementary particle we choose) transcends its mere mathematical description.

Citation needed.

this would seem to imply that a perfect simulation of an atom is an atom and this seems absurd.

You mean it seems absurd to you.

Comment by natewind on Transhumanism as Simplified Humanism · 2019-12-09T07:06:59.009Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Aesthetic preferences are a huge part of our personalities, who would agree to any enhancement that would destroy them? And as long as they’re present, a transhuman will be even more effective at making everything look, sound, smell etc. beautiful — in some form or another (maybe in a simulation if it’s detailed enough and if we decide there’s no difference), because a transhuman will be more effective at everything.

If you’re talking about the human body specifically, I don’t think a believable LMD (with artificial skin and everything) is impossible. Or maybe we’ll find a way to build organic bodies with some kind of reciever instead of a brain, to be controlled remotely by an uploaded mind. Or we’ll settle for a simulation, who knows. Smarter versions of us will find a solution.

Comment by natewind on Scope Insensitivity · 2018-10-07T12:14:20.355Z · score: 0 (-1 votes) · LW · GW

Ah, ok, makes sense.

Comment by natewind on Scope Insensitivity · 2018-10-06T20:24:38.676Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I’m not questioning scope insensitivity in general here, but can someone explain to me why does it matter what number of birds they’re trying to save? Obviously, your contribution alone is not going to save them all (unless your’re rich and donating a lot of money), and, if you don’t know anything about how efficient those programs are, you may as well assume a fixed amount of money will save a fixed number of birds.