Interesting points. :) I think there could be substantial differences in policy between 10% support and 100% support for MCE depending on the costs of appeasing this faction and how passionate it is. Or between 1% and 10% support for MCE applied to more fringe entities.
philosophically sophisticated people can still have fairly strange values by your own lights, but it seems like there’s more convergence.
I’m not sure if sophistication increases convergence. :) If anything, people who think more about philosophy tend to diverge more and more from commonsense moral assumptions.
Yudkowsky and I seem to share the same metaphysics of consciousness and have both thought about the topic in depth, yet we occupy almost antipodal positions on the question of how many entities we consider moral patients. I tend to assume that one’s starting points matter a lot for what views one ends up with.