Robin Hanson on Deflecting the Sacred

As an economist who has frequently tried to apply quantitative measures to things many people consider sacred and calculate trade-offs among competing priorities whose champions consider them non-negotiable, Robin Hanson has frequently stepped on the sacred. In this talk at the Foresight Institute Intelligent Cooperation Group, he discusses ways to look past the sacred to make rational decisions based on objective criteria.


The person handling the computer is Allison Duettmann. She has a fascinating bio and some excellent, optimistic - for humanity - videos. Were I much younger and still male (not a given nowadays [I remember 32 years ago, someone asked my then 3 year-old son what he wanted to be when he grows up. He said, in all innocence, “A boy”]), I just might be in love. She has it all and an understated but powerful charm, as well.