CPBD 087: Nick Beckstead – Morality and Global Catastrophic Risks

by Luke Muehlhauser on January 29, 2011 in Eliezer Yudkowsky,Ethics,Podcast

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Today I interview Nick Beckstead about morality and global catastrophic risk assessment. Nick also responds to Eliezer Yudkowsky’s criticisms of philosophy.

Download CPBD episode 087 with Nick Beckstead. Total time is 47:51.

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Rob January 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Thanks, as ever, Luke, for another fine interview. I hope you will consider trying to obtain an interview with David Benatar, whose work closely relates to topics raised in this one, as well as to the most fundamental concerns of your blog. Also, how about Leiter on his forthcoming book (and, of course, Nietzsche)?


Alex January 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Great interview, Luke. When (*not* if!) you follow up on Nick’s suggestion to invite Toby Ord, make sure to talk about his paper “The Scourge”: http://amirrorclear.net/academic/papers/scourge.pdf


Daniel January 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I think that the philosophical literature on personal identity could have helped Yudkowsky out a lot. His views seem pretty naive and incoherent to me, but maybe that’s just not one of his concerns. He started talking about personal identity at around 39 minutes when he debated Massimo Pigliucci about the singularity.


Caleb O January 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm

perhaps you should link the “Give What We Can” website:


I am positive that people could get things like this to take off in more universities. Definitely a project for the future.


Luke Muehlhauser January 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Caleb O,

Thanks. Added.


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