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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 20, chapter 90

Never mind, I see your point, although I still disagree with your conclusion on the grounds of narrative plausibility and good writing.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 20, chapter 90

Here's another, roughly isomorphic statement:

What is Gravity besides some form of superintelligence, or at least the remnants of superintelligence? The strongest evidence is that engineers and even physicists don't really have to understand how gravity actually works in order to use it. There is information entering the system from somewhere, and it's enough information to accurately detect when an object is unsupported or structurally unstable. And the chaotic side-effects tend to be improbably harmful. It's like an almost-Friendly, or perhaps a broken previously-Friendly, AI. Possibly the result of some ancient Singularity that is no longer explicitly remembered.

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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Argument

I find it rather irritating when someone does this every time I use the words "soul" or "God" in a rhetorical context.

I believe in neither, but both words have their uses.

What's your hypothetical apostasy?

Actually, I think the issue is a misunderstanding of what apostasy is in the first place.

[LINK] Open Source Software Developer with Terminal Illness Hopes to Opt Out of Death

Science most definitely does not mean: "Let's try something random today and see what happens".

That does seem to be how mathematics works, though.

Isolated AI with no chat whatsoever

It is a hypothetical situation of unreasonably high security that tries to probe for an upper bound on the level of containment required to secure an AI.

Isolated AI with no chat whatsoever

If an isolated AI can easily escape in any circumstance, it really doesn't make sense to train gatekeepers.

Infinitesimals: Another argument against actual infinite sets

Replace "tangentially" with "about as much as basically any other thing".

Infinitesimals: Another argument against actual infinite sets

Actually, it is; while the post is clogged with outdated ideas and plays fast and loose with the meaning of existence, I wouldn't want to see a slew of actually sound arguments about basic set theory clogging up Discussion, either.

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