Love is not special
Of all the stupid things that have come up on Overcoming Bias, this is probably the stupidiest.
Love is not a miracle. It is not a mystery. It is not an unimaginable enigma beyond human ken. It is not the light pouring through the windows of the universe.
It’s a behavior, an input-output pattern more complex than, but ultimately belonging to the same class as, the avoid-approach responses of paramecia. Some conditions trigger receptors that alter the activity of cilia, and the movement of the whole changes. That’s all.
This talk of ‘moral miracles’ isn’t reasoned argument. It’s not even appeal to emotion. It is conceptual heroin, mainlined directly into the mind’s eye. Yudkowski has been pushing his tainted wares for years, and at this point he’s surrounded by people who tried his free first sample and came craving back for more. There are only a few who question him, much less challenge him, and fewer who oppose him.
This sort of thought-abolishing, oblivion-seeking excess needs to be called out and acknowledged for what it is, in order to ameliorate the damage it does. And it’s produced faster than it can be recognized and named.
There aren’t enough of us, out there. There are far too many of them.