If the only way to get a clearer picture of the world - to enhance it epistemically, as it were - were to make it much better to start with, would the Utilitarians finally have found an argument that convinces any epistemic rationalist?

Is the idea that, because people naturally shy away from bad info, making the world better also makes it easier (on the emotions) to understand?

...Very interesting. That is a thought that's going to fester, in a good way.

3simplicio7yOnly if there were no uncertainty about what "better" meant.

Rationality Quotes March 2013

by Jayson_Virissimo 1 min read2nd Mar 2013343 comments


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