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0006: Compassion


Eric Samur’s comment on episode 0005:

Fascinating. It occurred to me that we may find computational super intelligence too complicated to be useful but once we create super intelligences they may not find directly programming even greater intelligences that difficult.

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Book Haul: Dark Net and Justice

Only two books this week, for three reasons:

  1. Buffy
  2. Scotland
  3. One of them was quite long
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Economic efficiency and social justice

by Tim Harding

At first sight, the concepts of economic efficiency and social justice might seem unrelated or even counterposed.  Some people intuitively feel that in the economic sense, efficiency works against fairness and therefore equality. 2,168 more words

Essays And Talks

Economic Inequality

Last week, I went to America on a History school trip. I had a great time, but one thing that stood out to me whilst walking through the streets of New York was the number of homeless people that were on the streets. 885 more words


Vancouver Whitecaps in a strong position

It’s a little known fact that the real reason John Rawls first proposed his famous thought experiment was simply as a desperate attempt to sell the unused stock of “Philosophers do it in the original position” car bumper stickers that were piling up in his garage. 617 more words

Soccer Shorts

In Defense of Moral Philosophy

I posted the following in response to someone who claimed that studying moral philosophy is useless and cited John Rawls’ philosophy as an example:

Ethics deals with important real world issues. 204 more words


It is all about inequality, isn't it? A Critique of Rawls's Theory of Justice

John Rawls (left) and Immanuel Kant (right)


Inequality appears on the global stage as the evil of our time. There is hardly a single researcher… 765 more words

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