Population ethics

Population ethics (also sometimes more specifically population axiology, which is “the theory of when one state of affairs is better than another, where the states of affairs may differ over the number of people who ever live”)1 is …

The causes one prioritizes is highly dependent on one’s values, and in particular on one’s views on population ethics. Instead of trying to argue strongly for one position or another on population ethics, it’s probably best to adopt a more “probabilistic” approach of value pluralism and “moral curve-fitting” by considering many different views and weighing them accordingly. This does mean more work when prioritizing causes, but the result is more likely to be useful to a wider audience. (See also Sensitivity analysis.)

For Eliezer Yudkowsky’s writings, see e.g. 31 Laws of Fun

Some books/papers to look into:

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