What is it about the unknowable future that makes it seem so attractive?

There are a variety of different issues going on here. One is that there's a large history of very inaccurate predictions about the future, so they are reacting against that. Another is that predicting about the future with any accuracy is really hard. If the thesis were restricted to "predicting the future is so difficult that the vast majority of it is a waste of time" then it would look more reasonable. I suspect that when some people make this sort of assertion they mean something closer to this.

If the thesis were restricted to "predicting the future is so difficult that the vast majority of it is a waste of time" then it would look more reasonable.

Well, the brain is constantly predicting the future. It has to understand the future consequences of its possible actions - so that it can choose between them. Prediction is the foundation of all decision making. Predicting the future seems rather fundamental and commonplace to me - and I would not normally call it "a waste of time".

Biointelligence Explosion

by Dr_Manhattan 1 min read7th Nov 201116 comments

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