cousin_it and Vladimir_Nesov's replies are good answers; at the risk of being redundant, I'll take this point by point.

to some alien species we might encounter or AI we might build, our values would be as meaningless as the values of insects are to us.

The above is factually correct.

humanity’s values have no cosmic significance or absolute validity in our vast cosmos

The phrases "cosmic significance" and "absolute validity" are confused notions. They don't actually refer to anything in the world. For more on this kind of thing yo... (read more)

Very well expressed. Especially since it links to the specific sequence that deals with this instead of generally advising to "read the sequences".

1TheCosmist9yWow fantastic thank you for this excellent reply. Just out of curiosity, is there any question this "cult of rationality" doesn't have a "sequence" or a ready answer for? ;)

Open Thread, April 2011

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It seems we have agreed that open threads will continue but that they will go in the Discussion section, so here's this month's thread.