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Fake Preferences


Mere Goodness collects three sequences of blog posts on human value: “Fake Preferences” [this sequence] (on failed attempts at theories of value), “Value Theory” (on obstacles to developing a new theory, and some intuitively desirable features of such a theory), and “Quantified Humanism” (on the tricky question of how we should apply such theories to our ordinary moral intuitions and decision-making).


  1. Not for the Sake of Happiness (Alone)
  2. Fake Selfishness
  3. Fake Morality
  4. Fake Utility Functions
  5. Detached Lever Fallacy
  6. Dreams of AI Design
  7. The Design Space of Minds-in-General