Rationality Quotes 24

by Eliezer Yudkowsky1 min read24th Jan 20097 comments

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"A wizard may have subtle ways of telling the truth, and may keep the truth to himself, but if he says a thing the thing is as he says.  For that is his mastery."
        -- Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea

"Neurons firing is something even a slug can do, and has as much to do with thinking as walls and doors have to do with a research institute."
        -- Albert Cardona

"Mental toughness and willpower are to living in harmony with the Tao, as the ability to make clever arguments is to rationality."
        -- Marcello Herreshoff

"Destiny always has been something that you tear open with your own hands."
        -- T-Moon Complex X 02

"When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces of which I am ignorant and which know me not, I am frightened and am astonished at being here rather than there; for there is no reason why here rather than there, why now rather than then...  The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me."
        -- Pascal, Pensees

"Goals of Man:  ☑ Don't get eaten by a lion ☑ Get out of Africa ☐ Get out of Earth ☐ Get out of Solar System ☐ Get out of Galaxy ☐ Get out of Local Group ☐ Get out of Earth-Visible Universe ☐ Get out of Universe"
        -- Knome

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Well, we've at least gotten a few people into Earth orbit...

The Knome quote's OK, but it seems like things like that are part of the reason futurists/transhumanists are looked down on as technorapture nerds rather than taken seriously. sigh

Eliezer Yudkowsky has a blog post in which he references a Crazy Clover Club doujin...

My estimation of the probability that the universe or some powerful entity actively is trying to drive me to solipsism just went up by a factor of ten. Its still pretty low though.

A bit off topic, but a "quotes" post seemed as good a place as anywhere, so...

Anyways, it occurs to me that SPIN seems to be a nice little (perhaps fantasylike)depiction of the notion of intelligence as efficient optimization, seeking through a search space, applying optimization pressure, etc...

Why thank you, Andrew C, that was just the effect I was hoping for.

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"Mental toughness and willpower are to living in harmony with the Tao, as the ability to make clever arguments is to rationality."

I'm not sure I get it.

[-][anonymous]8y 0

Neither do I!

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