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Introduction to Cartesian Frames

"Because we're discussing an agent that has the freedom to choose between multiple possibilities"

Where is this freedom, exactly? Freedom meaning a lack of being utterly and totally constrained by prior causes.

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First: https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/Mc6QcrsbH5NRXbCRX/dissolving-the-question [https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/Mc6QcrsbH5NRXbCRX/dissolving-the-question]and then: http://lesswrong.com/lw/r0/thou_art_physics/ [http://lesswrong.com/lw/r0/thou_art_physics/]
The True Prisoner's Dilemma
We're born with a sense of fairness, honor, empathy, sympathy, and even altruism - the result of our ancestors adapting to play the iterated Prisoner's Dilemma. 

The keyword here is *sense*, and there's not a whole lot saying that this sense can't vanishes as easily as it appears. Interpretting a human as a "fair, empathetic, altruistic being" is superficial. The status quo narrative of humanity is a lie/mass delusion, and humanity is a largely psychopathic species covered in a brittle, hard candy shell of altruism and e... (read more)

Rationality is Systematized Winning

If one values winning above everything else, then everything that leads to winning is rational. The reductio to this is if torturing a googolplex of beings at maximum duration and increasing intensity leads to winning, then that's what must be done.

Yet... perhaps winning then is not what we should most value? Perhaps we should value destroying the thing which values torturing a googolplex of beings. What if we need to torture half of a googolplex of beings to outcompete something willing to torture a googolplex of beings? What if outcompeting such a t... (read more)

You're confusing ends with means, terminal goals with instrumental goals, morality with decision theory, and about a dozen other ways of expressing the same thing. It doesn't matter what you consider "good", because for any fixed definition of "good", there are going to be optimal and suboptimal methods of achieving goodness. Winning is simply the task of identifying and carrying out an optimal, rather than suboptimal, method.