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  • Humans are subject to inconsistent judgements (eg in the classic Trolley problem). Human desires are often at war with each other (eg in cases of akrasia or addiction). George Ainslie
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  • That is the subject of George Ainslie's work, which has not really been well-understood or integrated. The author mentions "making trades with your future self" which suggests he's read Ainslie, but also says "This is easier if your preferences aren’t contradictory", but the whole point of Ainslie is that our preferences are contradictory and the only reason we have selves at all is to enable intertemporal bargaining.

George Ainslie

30 Dec 2020 06:30 - 08 Jan 2022 10:04

    • George Ainslie's Breakdown of Will
    • Are ordinary people really populations of interests rather than something more solid? It’s disturbing to think of yourself as so fluid, so potentially unstable, held together only by the shifting influence of available rewards. It’s like being told that atoms are mostly empty and wondering how they can bear weight. Yet the bargaining of interests in a society can produce highly stable institutions; perhaps that’s also true of the internal interests created by a person’s rewards…these patterns look like familiar properties of personality.
      • – George Ainslie, Breakdown of Will, p 44
    • Just noticed that Breakdown of Will cites JCR Licklider! Small world.
      • On psychophysical models, 1959