Meetup : Berkeley: Hypothetical Apostasy

Dis­cus­sion ar­ti­cle for the meetup : Berkeley: Hy­po­thet­i­cal Apostasy

WHEN: 12 June 2013 07:30:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: Berkeley, CA

Dear all, there will be a meetup at Zendo tonight. I’d like to try an ex­er­cise called Hy­po­thet­i­cal Apostasy that was de­vised by Nick Bostrom:

Imag­ine, if you will, that the world’s de­struc­tion is at stake and the only way to save it is for you to write a one-pager that con­vinces a jury that your old cher­ished view is mis­taken or at least se­ri­ously in­com­plete. The more in­ad­e­quate the jury thinks your old cher­ished view is, the greater the chances that the world is saved. The catch is that the jury con­sists of ear­lier stages of your­self (such as your­self such as you were one year ago). More­over, the jury be­lieves that you have been bribed to write your apos­tasy; so any as­surances of the form “trust me, I am older and know bet­ter” will be in­effec­tive. Your only hope of sav­ing the world is by writ­ing an apos­tasy that will make the jury rec­og­nize how flawed /​ par­tial /​ shal­low /​ ju­ve­nile /​ crude /​ ir­re­spon­si­ble /​ in­com­plete and gen­er­ally in­ad­e­quate your old cher­ished view is.

The meetup will be­gin on Wed­nes­day at 7:30pm. For di­rec­tions to Zendo, see the mailing list:


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Dis­cus­sion ar­ti­cle for the meetup : Berkeley: Hy­po­thet­i­cal Apostasy