What do you think the word "terminal" means in this context, and what do you think I think it means?

Edit: Seriously, I'm not being facetious. I think I am using the word correctly, and if I'm not, I'd like to know. The downvotes tell me little.

In local parlance, "terminal" values are a decision maker's ultimate values, the things they consider ends in themselves.

A decision maker should never want to change their terminal values.

For example, if a being has "wanting to be a music star" as a terminal value, than it should adopt "wanting to make music" as an instrumental value.

For humans, how these values feel psychologically is a different question from whether they are terminal or not.

See here for more information

Open thread, July 16-22, 2013

by David_Gerard 1 min read15th Jul 2013305 comments


If it's worth saying, but not worth its own post (even in Discussion), then it goes here.

Given the discussion thread about these, let's try calling this a one-week thread, and see if anyone bothers starting one next Monday.