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by Ruairi
Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Updating my utilitarianism for regression to the mean?
Replies: 9
Views: 6276

Re: Updating my utilitarianism for regression to the mean?

I think one fundamental question is, which do you think is more likely: 1. Your terminal exchange rate is closer to the mean exchange rate than your belief of your terminal of exchange rate . Or, 2. Your terminal exchange rate is closer to your belief of your terminal of exchange rate than the mean ...
by Ruairi
Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: Saluton!
Replies: 11
Views: 8391

Re: Saluton!

Welcome! Please add us on facebook if you'd like to: viewtopic.php?t=422
by Ruairi
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: Salutations!
Replies: 3
Views: 4122

Re: Salutations!

Hey Darklight! Want to add us on facebook? :) http://www.felicifia.org/viewtopic.php? ... t=facebook
by Ruairi
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 4472

Re: Hello!

Welcome! :D! Please add us all on facebook! http://www.felicifia.org/viewtopic.php? ... t=facebook
by Ruairi
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Against cryonics advocacy
Replies: 26
Views: 17335

Re: Against cryonics advocacy

by Ruairi
Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Should I give up coffee?
Replies: 19
Views: 5023

Re: Should I give up coffee?

I've been drinking caffeinated drinks during my mock exams. It seems to be working well, as well as being more alert it seems to take me longer to get bored. I wrote some thoughts in a file which I've posted below: Preliminary google search shows no mortality effects? Mortality effects must be disco...
by Ruairi
Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Animal welfare
Topic: Policing nature through biological control
Replies: 1
Views: 1351

Re: Policing nature through biological control

Yes! Does the sterile insect technique count? We could reduce a population of insects with it :) (perhaps if we wanted less r-selected organisms and more k-selected or something)
by Ruairi
Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: Goodbye
Replies: 11
Views: 11323

Re: Goodbye

D: ! Is there anywhere we can still reach you? There are some really exciting projects starting soon relating to antispeciesist activism, spreading concern about dystopic futures, researching dystopic futures, etc, I've seen your name mentioned several times as someone who it would be great to have ...
by Ruairi
Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Philanthropy
Topic: Fundraising
Replies: 20
Views: 35261

Re: Fundraising

Hey Rob! I'm pretty busy and said pretty much everything I had to say in the 80k post, if anyone else wants to write something please go ahead :D! Come summer (18th June to be precise) my exams will be done and I'll be working for Animal Ethics. Fundraising is one thing I'm very interested to look i...
by Ruairi
Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Preference hedonistic utilitarianism?
Replies: 7
Views: 4144

Preference hedonistic utilitarianism?

I was thinking about exchange rates between happiness and suffering and came up with the following: The neural mechanisms that create happiness and the ones that create suffering may be quite different, so equating them is always going to be based on some arbitrary exchange rate. Even if they were t...
by Ruairi
Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?
Replies: 12
Views: 10853

Re: What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?

I love Calvin and Hobbes! :D!

When I'm eating I often like to watch videos of Christopher Hitchens destroying people in debates :)
by Ruairi
Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Deep ecological sentiment and idealisation of nature in Wil
Replies: 2
Views: 1956

Re: Deep ecological sentiment and idealisation of nature in

Haha, I think he thought it was good, he wrote something like "thought provoking, but misunderstands Wordsworth".

He's pretty great, though sometimes seems to have strange positions on things, then again he's an english teacher and not an ethicist.
by Ruairi
Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Deep ecological sentiment and idealisation of nature in Wil
Replies: 2
Views: 1956

Deep ecological sentiment and idealisation of nature in Wil

Deep ecological sentiment and idealisation of nature in William Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” EDIT: I got paranoid about having this online as I'm unsure of some of the stuff regarding the Priaha tribe mentioned in it as it's been a few years since I read the relevant material, I can send you a copy...
by Ruairi
Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Welcome to Felicifia
Topic: Howdy
Replies: 4
Views: 4238

Re: Howdy

Welcome! :D!
koning_robot wrote: their nature worship and traditional morality
You might like this :)

@Arepo, sounds very interesting, could 80k or someone look into this?
by Ruairi
Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Utilitarianism and friends
Topic: Total antiretributivism?
Replies: 5
Views: 5348

Re: Total antiretributivism?

Awesome!:D!!
by Ruairi
Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Utilitarian future
Topic: A few dystopic future scenarios
Replies: 58
Views: 44910

Re: A few dystopic future scenarios

"general utilitarians sometimes use a crazily optimistic pain:pleasure exchange rate that IMHO doesn't realize how serious extreme suffering is." Yea D: So even promoting NLU may end up looking a lot like working on WAS and SSSS; it's just that the framework behind it will be broader and more open ...
by Ruairi
Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Altruistic recklessness
Replies: 12
Views: 5046

Re: Altruistic recklessness

If you're doing something like fundraising which has compounding returns I imagine so, yes :D Btw Pat thank you very much for posting this! Maybe 80k could make it into a blog post? I think this is a hugely important issue! The only counter consideration I can think of is that you might want to try ...
by Ruairi
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Altruistic recklessness
Replies: 12
Views: 5046

Re: Altruistic recklessness

Both I guess, if you're fundraising with money does the hypothesis seem more plausible?

It seems important to spread concern for RWAS before humans spread life, simulate life, etc, at which point the job will probably be a lot harder.
by Ruairi
Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Applied ethics
Topic: Altruistic recklessness
Replies: 12
Views: 5046

Re: Altruistic recklessness

I've heard (very anecdotally) that it may be 20%. Then again fundraising can have a 400% rate of return or more!