July 2019 Meetup: The Repugnant Conclusion

1) What is an optimal course of action when you encounter a situation in which you have a good amount of epistemic uncertainty? We exist and act in the world, so we have to do something before we have all the information, right? 

No Half-Speed


In this reading, how does one keep from getting caught in the troughs in the chart:

2) How does avoid getting (emotionally) attached to/invested in a side in a debate? How does this relate to getting emotionally invested in a specific outcome of a discrete event? 

The readings below also touch on identity, which seems to be a way into this topic:





3) The repugnant conclusion. This seems to be a line of thinking that seems to be operating in the background during a lot of discussions in effective altruism circles. Is it persuasive? If not, what is missing?

5-minute Explanation from Julia Galef

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Somewhat addresses what to do when confronted with a logical argument like this: