Category: 3.4-Ethics

  • Morals Reflect Genetic Distance

    MORALS ARE NOT RELATIVE, BUT REFLECT GENETIC DISTANCE We can and do certainly possess different moral biases, and we can and do certainly possess normative moral biases. This is true. But that does not mean that moral differences are not decidable in matters of conflict. We can use moral biases to seek allies. We can trade across moral biases when […]

  • Defining “Bad”

    Whenever gain takes precedence over imposition of costs Whenever profit takes precedence over commons. Whenever financial markets take precedence over culture. Whenever law takes precedence over family. Whenever government takes precedence over industry. Whenever state takes precedence over tribe. Whenever empire takes precedence over nation. The British press are whining about the short-term impact of financial markets. The British people […]

  • Taleb vs Doolittle: Demanding Skin-in-the-Game vs Involuntary Warranty

    Nassim Taleb and I are working on the same problem, which we identified by similar means: designing models. He was inspired when he designed financial risk models, and I was inspired when I designed artificial intelligences for games in anticipation of the kind of warfare we are seeing emerge today. I work bottom up (operationally), and Taleb works top-down (statistically). […]

  • Close to the Final Word On Ethical Systems. (The “Deontological Fallacy” In Ethics)

    —“My philosophical problem with consequentialism is it’s lacking solid base.”— A Friend (Free Northerner) [I]’d like to give you a different suggestion. That we practice four levels of ethics depending upon the skill in the area of our actions. 1) Pedagogical Myths…(very young)…………..Stories (WESTERN PATHOLOGICAL ALTRUISM) 2) Virtue Ethics………….(young)………………….Biographies 3) Rule Ethics……………(inexperience adult)…Laws 4) Outcome Ethics……..(experienced adult)….Science But more importantly, […]

  • What Constitutes Ethics

    WHAT CONSTITUTES “ETHICS” AND WHAT MAKES CERTAIN ETHICAL STATEMENTS UNIVERSAL? —” what constitutes ethics and what makes certain ethical values it universal?”— [C]ooperation (forgoing opportunity to use violence) is non logical under conditions of parasitism, imposed costs, or free riding. Voluntary exchange is only rational if mutually productive, and free of negative externality. Now, if one exists in a tribal […]