MichaelPlant comments on Concrete Ways to Reduce Risks of Value Drift - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: MichaelPlant 06 May 2018 08:43:29PM 3 points [-]

It seems strange to override what your future self wants to do,

I think you're just denying the possibility of value drift here. If you think it exists, then committment strategies could make sense. if you don't, they won't.

Comment author: ThomasSittler 07 May 2018 09:14:01AM 2 points [-]

Michael -- keen philosopher that you are, you're right ;)

The part you quote does ultimately deny that value drift is something we ought to combat (holding constant information, etc.). That would be my (weakly held) view on the philosophy of things.

In practise though, there may be large gains from compromise between time-slices, compared to the two extremes of always doing what your current self wants, or using drastic commitment devices. So we could aim to get those gains so long as we're unsure about the philosophy.

Comment author: Khorton 06 May 2018 09:48:00PM 2 points [-]

I disagree - I think you can believe "value drift" exists and also allow your future self autonomy.

My current "values" or priorities are different from my teenage values, because I've learned and because I have a different peer group now. In ten years, they will likely be different again.

Which "values" should I follow: 16-year-old me, 26-year-old me, or 36-year-old me? It's not obvious to me that the right answer is 26-year-old me (my current values).