Today's post, Free to Optimize was originally published on 02 January 2009. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

 

It may be better to create a world that operates by better rules, that you can understand, so that you can optimize your own future, than to create a world that includes some sort of deity that can be prayed to. The human reluctance to have their future controlled by an outside source is a nontrivial part of morality.


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The human reluctance to have their future controlled by an outside source is a nontrivial part of morality.

Then again, the human desire to have their future controlled by an outside source is a nontrivial part of morality.