On Mon, Jun 19, 2006 at 12:17:47PM +0200, Bruno Marchal wrote:
> Actually, the marquis de Sade (a famous mechanist philosopher, alas 
> also, following la Mettrie, a famous materialist!) actually reason like 
> that. If you expect to be demented or just to be dead, nothing between 
> now and then should be a matter of concern. So Sade proposed that life 
> belongs to the most egoist kind of people living just for the present 
> instant. 
> But comp is incompatible with materialism: we just cannot die in any 
> absolute way, nor to be sure we will be demented in the normal 
> (gaussian) futures. 
> We can also  interpret Sade as a proof by contradiction of the falsity 
> of materialism .... (?) 

Yes - I make this sort of argument for personal reasons in favour of
altruism in my book, in light of quantum immortality. I don't think I
have everything clear cut - its more of a handwaving exercise, but I'm
encouraged that others think in this way too...


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