The full details on why I have considered existential risk from demonology. The short version: getting rid of "crazy" risks is harder than one thinks. http://aleph.se/andart2/risk/my-adventures-in-demonology/
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- There is no doubt a (forbidden?) Python library for ominous Latin chanting.
The standard medieval demon was pretty low-tech, and would not be a match for modern weapons (Stuart Slade's The Salvation War uses this, which allows a successful human invasion of Hell). If one assumes them to be on par technologically it might be different, especially if very large numbers can be summoned.23w
- I have updated the post with some of the considerations that came up in this thread. Thanks!23w
- Ok, how about this: Demons are people too. They don't appear to be mindless like the undead, they seem to be able to converse, plan.
We've had a massive change to our culture since the idea of demons emerged. The enlightenment, the industrial revolution. Electricity. Computers! Population explosion, massive increase in wealth. A stupendously huge increase in the size and complexity of the memetically environment.
Either demons haven't experienced any of this, or they have.
If they haven't, then surely they'll be gobsmacked by the modern world, and want in? It's a first contact situation with low tech sentients who are in truth likely very vulnerable. They probably can't harm us in any meaningful way, but we need to be very careful with them; we could accidentally exterminate them. And having a new type of sentient, sapient being in the world would be very valuable!
Or, they have observed / participated in human progress, and so we're talking about sophisticated modern people. If they're behind us, it's still a bit like the first contact thing; we're more dangerous to them than they are to us. If they're ahead of us, then actually that's quite a worry; historically, coming into contact with technologically superior civilisations is indeed an existential threat!
On an individual level it might be quite wonderful though. We should expect high tech demons to be nuanced and sophisticated. You might be able to read the works of the great demonic thinkers, go to lectures at Hades U, work with their greatest minds. Likely the best approach would be to assimilate into demon culture, become one of them.23w
- In an infinite multiverse the potential for the emergence of various kinds of demons is very large indeed; it is only because the multiverse is much larger that we aren't up to our eyes in them.22w
- In an infinite multiverse everything consistent should happen infinitely, but I think probability becomes density.22w