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2014 Less Wrong Census/Survey

Took the survey, except for the digit ratio part.

Walkthrough of "Definability of Truth in Probabilistic Logic"

You have mentioned the weakened reflection principle as being the following: ∀φ∈L'. ∀a,b∈Q. a≤P(φ)≤b ⇒ P(a<P('φ')<b)=1

This seems to be a typo, it should be ∀φ∈L'. ∀a,b∈Q. a<P(φ)<b ⇒ P(a<P('φ')<b)=1

2So8res8yRight you are. Fixed, thanks.
Serious Stories

Probably because the negative feelings about the pain are what strongly motivate you to avoid it, and hence avoid physical damage.

0gwern9yThere may be disadvantage, yes. But it could also be that pain asymbolia is fine in a creature as high-level as a human - but without any selective fitness advantage, what would drive it to fixation in a selective sweep? Given zero reproductive advantage and possible disadvantage, it's no surprise that it's rare.
Rationality Quotes July 2012

I don't his comment about Buddhist people being not different is even true. They are, for example, on the average, less violent than Muslims. They're simply not different to the extent he expected them to be.

Thoughts on the Singularity Institute (SI)

Anyway, it feels completely ridiculous to talk about it in the first place. There will never be a mind that can quickly and vastly improve itself and then invent all kinds of technological magic to wipe us out. Even most science fiction books avoid that because it sounds too implausible

Do you acknowledge that :

  1. We will some day make an AI that is at least as smart as humans?
  2. Humans do try to improve their intelligence (rationality/memory training being a weak example, cyborg research being a better example, and im pretty sure we will soon design physic
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7jsteinhardt10yI think you missed the "quickly and vastly" part as well as the "and then invent all kinds of technological magic to wipe us out". Note I still think XiXiDu is wrong to be as confident as he is (assuming "there will never" implies >90% certainty), but if you are going to engage with him then you should engage with his actual arguments.