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The Robots, AI, and Unemployment Anti-FAQ

They have one in the lab next to mine. I love my job.

Beyond the Reach of God

I think I meant “interesting” in a sarcastic tone.

Another way of putting it: “You (theists) claim a high level of belief in this hypothesis. Because so many people (including close family members) take this position, I have though about this hypothesis and find it too complex to have anything but a small prior. Then I asked myself what observations are more likely if the hypothesis is true and which would be less likely. Then I looked around and found no evidence in favor of your hypothesis.”

Beyond the Reach of God

Eliezer (I think) feels the same way about the necessity of souls as about the Judeo-Christian god. Interesting hypothesis, but too complex to have anything but a small prior. Then no supporting evidence shows up, despite millennia of looking, reducing the likelihood further.

Beyond the Reach of God

if God exists then consciousness depends on having an immaterial soul.

I translate that into logical notation:

(God exists) -> For all X (X is conscious -> X has an immaterial soul)

I don't concede this conditional. I can imagine a universe with a personal creator, where consciousness is a material property of certain types of complex systems, but souls don't exist.

Post ridiculous munchkin ideas!

Work at a desk facing your boss. It does wonders keeping you productive. My boss happens to make this possible by bringing his work into the lab for several hours a day.

Post ridiculous munchkin ideas!

invest in inflation-indexed bonds.

Causal Reference

Or, a Boltzmann brain that flickered into existence with memories of a past that never happened.

Meetup : Durham NC HPMoR Discussion, chapters 4-7

Like it's possible to re-read only four chapters. Ha!

[LINK] The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

Is there a comprehensive list of science declarations anywhere?

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