NB: There's something I feel sad about when I imagine what it's like to be others, so I'm going to ramble about it a bit in shortform because I'd like to say this and possibly say it confusingly rather than not say it at all. Maybe with some pruning this babble can be made to make sense.

There's a certain strain of thought and thinkers in the rationality community that make me feel sad when I think about what it must be like to be them: the "closed" individualists. This is as opposed to people who view personal identity as... (read more)

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2G Gordon Worley III2moMy quick response is that all of these sources of loneliness can still be downstream of using closed individualism as an intuitive model. The more I am able to use the open model the more safe I feel in any situation and the more connected I feel to others no matter how similar or different they are to me. Put one way, every stranger is a cousin I haven't met yet, but just knowing on a deep level that the world is full of cousins is reassuring.
4Dagon2mo[upvoted for talking about something that's difficult to model and communicate about] Hmm. I believe (with fairly high confidence - it would take a big surprise to shift me) a combination of empty and closed. Moments of self-observed experience are standalone, and woven into a fabric of memories in a closed, un-sharable system that will (sooner than I prefer) physically degrade into non-experiencing components. I haven't found anyone who claims to be open AND is rational enough to convince me they're not just misstating what they actually experience. In fact, I'd love to hear someone talk about what it means to "want" something if you're experiencing all things simultaneously. I'm quite sympathetic to the argument that it is what it is, and there's no reason to be sad. But I'm also unsure whether or why my acceptance of closed-empty existence makes you sad. Presumably, if your consciousness includes me, you know I'm not particularly sad overall (I certainly experience pain and frustration, but also joy and optimistic anticipation, in a balance that seems acceptable).
But I'm also unsure whether or why my acceptance of closed-empty existence makes you sad.

Because I know the joy of grokking the openness of the "individual" and see the closed approach creating inherent suffering (via wanting for the individual) that cannot be accepted because it seems to be part of the world.

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Crossposted from the AI Alignment Forum. May contain more technical jargon than usual.