K. Sreeman Reddy

Philosophy | K. Sreeman Reddy

My philosophical beliefs

  1. Ethics: Threshold deontology, Moral realism (Objective morality), Golden Rule, Ahiṃsā (nonviolence), Veganism, Abolitionism, Anticarnism, Anti-speciesism, Sentiocentrism1 and Unconditional compassion towards all sentient beings. [post]
  2. Other: Naturalism, Reductionism, Mathematical Platonism, Scientism, Supervenience physicalism (the last 2 I believe only for the concrete reality not the full reality that includes abstract entities), Scientific realism, The Unreality of Time, Pantheism, Strong Atheism, Eternal oblivion, Antitheism, Antireligion, Antifoundationalism, Self-Respect Movement, Anti-anti-natalism, Anti-lookism, Antisexualism, Asceticism, Absurdism, Optimistic nihilism, Hard incompatibilism, Pacifism, Democratic socialistic world government and Military abolitionism.
  3. Raison d’être of sapient species2: Arranged in ascending order of hardness. Only the 1st one seems possible for our species in this century.
    1. Understanding the fundamental laws of physics
    2. Eradicating all immorality and involuntary suffering caused by our species (wars, animal agriculture, childhood religious indoctrination etc)
    3. Eradicating all immorality and involuntary suffering in nature not caused by our species. This includes:
      • Death: Achieving immortality either biologically or digitally and then the world government should make everyone (who is interested) immortal.
      • Wild animal suffering: We should solve the predation problem and Herbivorize Predators without violating the rights of predators. Then we should give all animals enough cognitive abilities so that they will become sapient and have meaning in their life. Then we should give immortality to all those sapient beings interested in it.
    4. Becoming an advanced civilization: As advanced as our laws of physics allow
  4. Past beliefs: 1) Hinduism (till ~2012), 2) Buddhism (~2012-2013), 3) Negative utilitarianism (till 2021), 4) Rationalism/Empiricism3 (till 2021), 4) Welfarist veganism4 (till mid 2022)
  5. Afraid of: 1) Philosophical skepticism [check Münchhausen trilemma, Gettier problem, Acatalepsy, Solipsism, Ajñana, Pyrrhonism, Ignorabimus, Cartesian doubt and also slightly related things like Problem of induction, Is–ought problem, Gödel’s incompleteness theorems], 2) The amorality of the laws of physics, 3) Death, 4) Having cognitive dissonance and moral blind spots on issues I haven’t thought about and 5) Not living long enough to see any experimental data related to quantum gravity.
  6. Miscellaneous:
    • I think the answer to Why is there anything at all? is an ontological argument that argues for the existence of the laws of physics. In principle, this might look like rationalism but as explaied in a foot note below I am an antifoundationalist. We cant uniquely deduce the greatest entity (laws of physics) by reason alone. [post]
    • I really like the elegance of the laws of physics. But I would much rather prefer inelegant moral laws of physics than the elegant amoral laws of physics that exist in reality.
    • Like FM-2030, I think the widespread practice of naming conventions exists only as a relic of humankind’s tribalistic past. If I had high confidence that biologists would drastically increase human lifespan within my lifetime, I would have renamed myself as KSR-12002.
    • I think Alvin Plantinga’s reformed epistemology arguement that no basis (arguments, evidence etc) for belief in God is necessary is the most ridiculous argument in the history of human thought.
  7. Some philosophy papers
  8. philpapers.org
  9. philosophyexperiments.com
  10. plato.stanford.edu
  11. iep.utm.edu
  12. vegancheatsheet.org and ksr.onl/vegan
  1. Our moral circle expanded from originally consisting of only the males of the same tribe to later include males of the same ethnicity, race, nationality etc and also eventually all humans of all countries, including non males. The last step in our moral evolution will be to include all sentient beings in our moral circle and this is called Sentiocentrism. Plants are not sentient. Most animals except sponges, corals etc are sentient and can suffer. Casteism, linguicism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, religionism, racism, sexism, speciesism etc are all tribalistic compared to Sentiocentrism. People very often think their caste or ethnicity or race or species is superior to others and therefore they can oppress others. That is, of course, immoral.

    Sapiocentrism/Sapientism gives moral weight to all sapient (i.e. capable of abstract thinking) beings. Since we Homo sapiens have never met another sapient (alien) species, in practice, Sapiocentrism=Anthropocentrism, and both are part of Speciesism. Speciesism can be manifest in many different forms, for example, giving some rights to dogs but not giving the same rights to pigs, cows, etc. 

  2. By this, I mean this is the meaning of life for any sapient species. For non sapient species I think there is no meaning of life. On this planet, we Homo sapiens are the only sapient species. Nonsapient species are not moral agents, so you can not morally judge them. 

  3. After going back and forth between Rationalism vs. Empiricism, I became an antifoundationalist. In the Neurath’s boat simile, I think the situation is even worse because of philosophical skepticism which is like an everpresent water tornado making it harder to gain knowledge. Even if you know swimming you cant build the boat from scratch because you will taken by the tornado. 

  4. I stopped being a welfarist and became an abolitionist after reading Gary L. Francione’s six principles

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