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RyanCarey comments on A Complete Quantitative Model for Cause Selection - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: RyanCarey 19 May 2016 09:33:49PM *  0 points [-]

I agree Carl - I'd say advocating for or denying the (overwhelming) importance of hedonism are both arguable positions but expecting it to be of a similar level of importance to other lives is wrongest of all.

Comment author: Carl_Shulman 19 May 2016 11:39:00PM *  3 points [-]

The point is stronger: if you posit the most efficient arrangement of matter for producing welfare is less efficient than a bunch of animal brains that you could be using as your arrangement, then you get a contradiction.

Comment author: MichaelDickens  (EA Profile) 20 May 2016 01:33:00AM 1 point [-]

Yeah that was pretty clearly a mistake.

Comment author: Carl_Shulman 20 May 2016 07:12:31PM *  0 points [-]

I also really think that you need to address the super-strong empirical claims implicit in your prior (held fixed, with no updating on evidence that it's wrong, and with no mixture of other models) at the tails. I've added to threads under your previous post on priors, with links to other discussions.