02 Jan 2022 10:32 - 16 Dec 2022 12:22
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    • One of those terrible subjects that my thoughts keep finding themselves drawn to.
    • Rationalism seems to have a certain unhealthy interest in the subject; Roko's Basilisk involves an AI who tortures simulated humans, and Robin Hanson, whose whole schtick is tossing up horrible things without displaying horror, regularly coughs up suggestions like Torture Kids Instead. Extremely creepy.
    • One of my favorite works of fiction Book of the New Sun has a torturer as a protagonist (he is apprenticed to The Guild of Seekers for Truth and Penitence), and while he is perfectly capable of justifying his social role, he rejects his heritage in the end.