There are times when not telling the truth is a good thing. We should be thinking critically about when lying might be the right thing to do.
Posted on November 30, by Scott Alexander I.
If the world was created by the Invisible Hand, who is good, how did it come to contain so much that is evil? Can he expect to get rich? No — if Google stock was underpriced ie you could easily get rich by buying Google stockthen everyone smart enough to notice would buy it.
As everyone tried to buy it, the price would go up until it was no longer underpriced.
Big Wall Street banks have people who are at least as smart as your uncle, and who will notice before he does whether stocks are underpriced. The city has lots of skilled Thai chefs and good access to low-priced Thai ingredients.
With the certainty of physical law, we can know that city will have a Thai restaurant. Maybe the city government banned Thai restaurants for some reason? We can take this beyond money-making into any competitive or potentially-competitive field.
There are thousands of research biologists who would like a Nobel Prize. But go too far with this kind of logic, and you start accidentally proving that nothing can be bad anywhere. Suppose you thought that modern science was brokenwith scientists and grantmakers doing a bad job of focusing their discoveries on truly interesting and important things.
But if this were true, then you or anyone else with a little money could set up a non-broken science, make many more discoveries than everyone else, get more Nobel Prizes, earn more money from all your patents and inventions, and eventually become so prestigious and rich that everyone else admits you were right and switches to doing science your way.
There are dozens of government bodies, private institutions, and universities that could do this kind of thing if they wanted. But none of them have. All the sick people would go to them, they would make lots of money, investors would trip over each other to fund their expansion into new markets, and eventually they would take over health care and be super rich.
But if lots of people want better mass transit and are willing to pay for it, this is a great money-making opportunity.
Entrepreneurs are pretty smart, so they would notice this money-making opportunity, raise some funds from equally-observant venture capitalists, make a better mass transit system, and get really rich off of all the tickets.
But nobody has done this. No doctor had any good ideas about what to do at this point. Eliezer did some digging, found that existing light boxes were still way less bright than the sun, and jury-rigged a much brighter version.
A friend told Eliezer that the professionals at the Bank surely knew more than he did.
But after a few years, the Bank of Japan switched policies, the Japanese economy instantly improved, and now the consensus position is that the original policies were deeply flawed in exactly the way Eliezer and others thought they were. You would expect it to just not work at all.
In previous years, I would use the case of central-line infections as my go-to example of medical inadequacy. Some babies have malformed digestive systems and need to have nutrient fluid pumped directly into their veins. The nutrient fluid formula used in the US has the wrong kinds of lipids in it, and about a third of babies who get it die of brain or liver damage.
But the only FDA-approved nutrient fluid formula is the one with the wrong lipids, so we just keep giving it to babies, and they just keep dying. Eliezer draws on the economics literature to propose three main categories of solution:Lying is an indispensable part of human life and we can try to analyse the cause by first studying the causes and effects of why people resort to the act of telling lies, which will be briefly described in this essay.
I. Eliezer Yudkowsky’s catchily-titled Inadequate Equilibria is many things. It’s a look into whether there is any role for individual reason in a world where you can always just trust expert consensus.
The truth shall set you free! These 10 free 5th grade writing prompts take an ethical turn by focusing on the subject of truth. It can be difficult in elementary school to fit in all of the different subjects that should be taught and the instruction of values may get the short end of the stick.
Discusses ethical issues relating to truth telling, including patient preferences, family requests, placebo, and potential harm.
Guidelines provided for different religious or cultural beliefs. Essay- It is always better to tell the truth than to lie? The lies have been existed since the first humans learnt to talk.
The history is full of people lying in order to get what they wanted, either a kingdom, a throne, etc. Nowadays the fact has not changed; people keep lying all the time, some times for getting something that they want and other times just to protect someone of the truth.
Rich considers how, in relationships, we often use lying as a hedge against the discomfort of being truly seen: The liar lives in fear of losing control.
She cannot even desire a relationship without manipulation, since to be vulnerable to another person means for her the loss of control. The liar.