Monday, August 22, 2022

More Longtermism

In addition to my Against Longtermism post (which, after being very downvoted, is, at the time of this writing, back to zero net votes), Matt Yglesias has an interesting and pretty compelling take:

What's long-term about "longtermism"?

I still disagree with many of the fundamental premises, but it is worth a quick skim. E.g.:

Suppose right now there’s a 0.001 percent chance that climate change could generate a catastrophic feedback mechanism that leads to human extinction, and doing a Thanos snap and killing half of everyone reduces that to 0.0001 percent. A certain kind of longtermist logic says you should do the snap, which I think most people would find odd.

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