Visio Someone might value money above all else, someone else might value respect for authority above all else, and someone else might value open mindedness above all else. The point is that as it stands, people currently value those things in different ways, and their conscious states will change differently based on the presence or absence of those things. If somehow science determines that free speech should be weighed above the safety of the citizenry as a means to maximize well being, but the majority of the population values safety over freedom, their conscious states will not be maximized, because of the nature of their neurophysiology and psychology. Is the right thing to then disregard the scientific data? Or implement it regardless?