X-Message-Number: 16897
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2001 09:19:38 -0400
From: "Raphael T. Haftka" <>
Subject: More on values

Robert Ettinger wrote:

>The ONLY question of DIRECT importance to YOU  is what YOU want.

This may be rather tricky. Our genes benefit from us wanting to sacrifice 
ourselves for our children, when their lives and ours are in danger 
(especially when we are old). So we can expect to want to do that. This 
calls into question the first conclusion that Ettinger derives:

(1) The only case in which self-destruction is reasonable is one in which
your future is confidently calculated to include a preponderance of pain over
pleasure, or dissatisfaction over satisfaction.

It is not that I disagree with the conclusion. I am just not sure about its 

Rafi Haftka

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