6 Reasons to Pursue the Building of Hedonium

The relevant features of desirable conscious experience, in my opinion, are very likely to boil down to natural, discrete physics operations. In other words, evolution-derived brains are not the only possible sources of morally-relevant experience. Building experience-machines based on some combination of a manufactured machine and engineered biological life that are morally-relevant seems to be… Continue reading 6 Reasons to Pursue the Building of Hedonium

Narrowing in on Cause X

BLUF: Since we've unsuspectedly committed moral atrocities in the past and do not appear to have 100% solved ethics, our Bayesian prior should be that we are probably committing some sort of moral atrocity today. Since utilitarian axioms dictate that not doing a vast amount of net-good when it's possible to do so is a… Continue reading Narrowing in on Cause X

Designing an Ideal Utilitarian Welfare Scale

BLUF: I formalize my conception of an ideal utilitarian welfare scale here and state why I think total, non-negative, act, hedonic utilitarianism is right.Epistemic Status: This is in very philosophical territory, so I am still very uncertain this is true. Future qualia research could definitely upend this. However, I believe this scale is currently the… Continue reading Designing an Ideal Utilitarian Welfare Scale

The Exponential Impact of Socially-Contagious Philanthropy

If doing any significant amount of good was basically intractable, it would be more permissible for individuals to ignore the utilitarian imperative to do the most good. However, doing incredible amounts of good is in the reach of many of us. We don't necessarily have to research and contribute to Multiverse-wide Cooperation via Correlated Decision… Continue reading The Exponential Impact of Socially-Contagious Philanthropy