Today's post, For The People Who Are Still Alive was originally published on 14 December 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


Given that we live in a big universe, and that we can't actually determine whether or not a particular person exists (because they will exist anyway in some other Hubble volume or Everett branch), then it makes more sense to care about whether or not people we can influence are having happy lives, than about whether certain people exist in our own local area.

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Once people being naturally bad at edge cases is seen, it cannot be unseen.

A message to those with the Big World angst:

It dabbles in the dark arts of anthropics, and the Dark Arts don't get much murkier than that.