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Open thread, Mar. 9 - Mar. 15, 2015

A little off-topic - what's the point of whole-brain emulation?

Impartial ethics and personal decisions

I think ultimately, we should care about the well-being of all humans equally - but that doesn't necessarily mean making the same amount of effort to help one kid in Africa and your brother. What if, for example, the institution of family is crucial for the well-being of humans, and not putting your close ones first in the short run would undermine that institution?