David Pearce at Quora in response to the question: “What are your philosophical positions in one paragraph?“:
“Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.”
All that matters is the pleasure-pain axis. Pain and pleasure disclose the world’s inbuilt metric of (dis)value. Our overridingobligation is to minimise suffering. After we have the biosphere to wipe out experience below “hedonic zero”, we should build a “ ” civilisation based on gradients of . The nature of ultimate reality baffles me. But intelligent moral agents will need to understand the multiverse if we are to grasp the nature and scope of our wider cosmological responsibilities. My working assumption is . Formally, the world is completely described by the equation(s) of physics, presumably a relativistic analogue of the universal Schrödinger equation. Tentatively, I’m a who believes we are patterns of qualia in a high-dimensional complex Hilbert space. Experience discloses the nature of the physical: the “fire” in the equations. The solutions to the equations of QFT or its generalisation yield the values of qualia. What makes biological minds distinctive, in my view, isn’t subjective experience per se, but rather non-psychotic binding. Phenomenal binding is what consciousness is evolutionarily “ ”. Without the of , our minds wouldn’t be able to simulate fitness-relevant patterns in the local environment. When awake, we are running subjectively classical world-simulations. I am an about perception. Metaphysically, I explore a : the total information content of reality must be zero on pain of a miraculous creation of information ex nihilo. Epistemologically, I incline to a radical scepticism that would be sterile to articulate. Alas, the history of philosophy twinned with the principle of mediocrity suggests I as much nonsense as everyone else.
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