Reasons for altruism

It occurs to me that there are many reasons (including many weird reasons) for altruism, so I’ll try writing some of these down. For this page, I assume moral anti-realism. I’m pretty confused about the implications of various philosophical ideas so I’m likely to disagree with many of the points below in the future. (At the moment, I’m not even sure what I believe.)


  1. “Wei_Dai comments on Max Tegmark on our place in history: ‘We’re Not Insignificant After All’ ”. LessWrong. Retrieved March 7, 2018.

    What strikes me about our current situation is not only are we at an extremely influential point in the history of the universe, but how few people realize this. It ought to give the few people in the know enormous power (relative to just about anyone else who has existed or will exist) to affect the future, but, even among those who do realize that we’re at a bottleneck, few try to shape the future in any substantial way, to nudge it one way or another. Instead, they just go about their “normal” lives, and continue to spend their money on the standard status symbols and consumer goods.