Even if he threw out the data I have recurring storage snapshots happening behind the scenes (on the backing store for the OSes involved.)
Do you have any good evidence that this assertion applies to Cephalopods?
Cephalopods in general have actually been shown to be rather intelligent. Some species of squid even engage in courtship rituals. There's no good reason to assume that given the fact that they engage in courtship, predator/prey response, and have been shown to respond to simple irritants with aggressive responses that they do not experience at the very least the emotions of lust, fear, and anger.
(Note: I model "animal intelligence" in terms of emotional responses; while...
Be comfortable in uncertainty.
Do whatever the better version of yourself would do.
Simplify the unnecessary.
Now imagine a "more realistic" setting where humans went through a singularity (and, possibly, coexist with AIs). If the singularity was friendly, then this is an utopia which, by definition, has no conflict.
There is Friendliness and there is Friendliness. Note: Ambivalence or even bemused antagonism would qualify as Friendliness so long as humans were still able to determine their own personal courses of development and progress.
An AGI that had as its sole ambition the prevention of other AGIs and unFriendly scenarios would allow a lot of w...
"If it weren't for my horse, I never would've graduated college." >_<
An omnipotent omnibenevolent being would have no need for such "shorthand" tricks to create infinite worlds without suffering. Yes you could always raise another aleph level for greater infinities; but only by introducing suffering at all.
Which violates omnibenevolence.
I don't buy it. A superhuman intelligence with unlimited power and infinite planning time and resources could create a world without suffering even without violating free will. And yet we have cancer and people raping children.
I am thiiiiiiiiis confident!
I'm surprised to see this dialogue make so little mention of the material evidence* at hand with regards to the specific claims of Christianity. I mean; a god which was omnipotent and omnibenevolent would surely create a world with less suffering for humanity than what we conjecture an FAI would orchestrate, yes? Color me old-fashioned but I assign the logically** impossible a zero probability (barring of course my being mistaken about logical impossibilities).
but then changes its mind and brings us back as a simulation."
This is commonly referred to as a "counterfactual" AGI.
Yes, they do. And that's the end of this dialogue.
(EDIT: By end of this dialogue I meant that he and I were at an impasse and unable to adjust our underlying assumptions to a coherent agreement in this discussion. They are too fundamentally divergent for "Aumanning.")
Indeed. But they do demonstrate the principle in question.
Actually it's more complicated than that. Not just water atoms; over time your genetic pattern changes -- the composition of cancerous to non-cancerous cells; the composition of senescent to non-senescent cells; the physical structures of the brain itself change.
Neurogenesis does occur in adults -- so not even on a cellular level is your brain the same today as it was yesterday.
Furthermore -- what makes you confident you are not already in a Matrix? I have no such belief, myself. Too implausible to believe we are in the parent of all universes given physics simulations work.
Missed that about the class. Makes a difference, definitely.
I'm not really sure what non-local phenomena are [...]
Two options: trust the assertions of those who are sure, or learn of them for yourself. :)
1 v 2 -- is your "meat" persistent over time? (It is not).
2 v 3 are non differentiable -- 2 is 3.
4 is implied by 2/3. It is affirmed by physics simulations that have atomic-level precision, and by research like the Blue Brain project.
5 is excluded by the absence of non-local phenomena ('psychic powers').
A change of substrate occurs daily for you. It's just of a similar class. What beyond simple "yuck factor" gives you cause to believe that a transition from cells to silicon would impact your identity? That it would look different?
Scientific truths include the measurement of net harm to society for any given action -- which then impact utilitarian consequentialistic morals. ("It's unjust to execute anyone. Ever.")
Scientific truths include observations as to what occurs "in nature" which then informs naturalistic morals ("It's not natural to be gay/left-handed/brilliant" )
Scientific truths include observations about the role morality plays in those species we can observe to possess it, thereby informing us practically about what actions or inactions or r...
As I often say; you are not your meat. You are the unique pattern of information-flow that occurs within your meat. The meat is not necessary to the information, but the information does require a substrate.
Moral truths which ignore scientific truths are invalid.
"Entities must not be replicated beyond necessity". Both interpretations violate this rule. The only question is which violates it more. And the answer to that seems to one purely of opinion.
So throwing out the extra stuff -- they're using exactly the same math.
Not all formalizations that give the same observed predictions have the same Kolmogorov complexity, and this is true even for much less rigorous notions of complexity.
Sure. But MWI and CI use the same formulae. They take the same inputs and produce the same outputs.
Everything else is just that -- interpretation.
One simple thing it could do is simply use trial division. But another could use some more complicated process, like say brute force searching for a generator of (Z/pZ)*.
And those would be different calculations.
In this case, the math bei
and dramatically simpler than the Copenhagen interpretation
No, it is exactly as complicated. As demonstrated by its utilization of exactly the same mathematics.
. It rules out a lot of the abnormal conclusions that people draw from Copenhagen, e.g. ascribing mystical powers to consciousness, senses, or instruments.
It is not without its own extra entities of equally enormously additive nature however; and even and those abnormal conclusions are as valid from the CI as is quantum immortality from MWI.
-- I speak as someone who rejects both.
There is nothing circular about the definition -- merely recursive. "GNU" stands for "GNU is Not UNIX".
As soon as you observe two things to directly interact with one another, you may safely asssert that both exist under my definition.
This is, frankly, not very complicated to figure out.
For example, would you say that software "exists"?
No. But it is real. Software is a pattern by which electrons, magnetic fields, or photochemically-active media are constrained. The software itself is never a thing you can touch, hold, see, or smell, or taste; it never at any point is ever capable of directly interacting with anything. Just like you and me; we are not our bodies; nor our brains; nor the electrons or chemicals that flow through the brains. We are patterns those things are constrained by. I am the unique pattern that, in times ...
Do pebbles actually exist? But they are composed from quarks,
I refer to this as the Reductionist Problem of Scale. "Psychology isn't real because it's all just biology. Biology isn't real because it's all just chemistry. Chemistry isn't real because it's all just Physics." I don't see this as so much of a 'minefield' as a need to recognize that "scale matters". In unaided-human-observable Newtonian space, there is no question that pebbles are "totally a thing" -- they are. You can hold one in your hand. You can touch one...
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I would be interested in knowing what resources you used for this sequence.
As an autist there is a huge swath of innate skills 'normal' people possess I can only emulate. Social success for me is indistinguishable from Dark Art skill.
Yes, but I don't think this uses the word 'exist' in the same way.
I'd say not. I tend to use two independent terms when discussing the nature of a thing's existence; I will discuss first whether or not something is real; and then whether or not that real thing exists.
To be real; a thing must be an accurate description of some pattern of behavior that things which exist conform to. (I realize this is dense/inscrutable, more in a bit.) To exist; a thing must directly interact in some fashion with other things which exist; it must be 'instantiable'.
Then you do not mean that
pleasure is the "measure of utility". That is; utility is pleasure; pleasure is utility.
Eudaimonic pleasure -- happiness -- is of a nature that wireheading would not qualify as valid happiness/pleasure. It would be like 'empty calories'; tasty but unfulfilling.
So no, I do not not mean that 'pleasure is the "measure of utility"' is the mainstream consensus view on LessWrong. I do mean that, and I believe it to be so. "Hedons" and "utilons" are used interchangeably here.
But it's a misconstrual of eudaimonia to think it reduces to pleasure, and a misuse of 'hedonism' to refer to goals other than pleasure.
This is simply not true. Eudaimonia is essentially epicurian hedonism, as contrasted with cyrenaic.
(I'm thinking of this and this.)
Eudaimonic hedonism is still a form of hedonism.
(EDIT: Specifically it's epicurian as compared to cyrenaic.)
intrinsic values are values that a thing has merely by being what it is.
My question from the outset was "what's the use of happiness?" Responding to that with "its own sake" doesn't answer my question. To say that 'being useful is useful for its own sake' is to make an intrinsic utilitity statement of utility.
We -- or rather I -- framed this question in terms of utility from the outset.
Now -- hedonism is the default consensus view here on LessWrong.com. (obviously I am a dissenter. My personal history as being clinically anhedonic maaa...
I think you're still missing the point.
Which is funny, because I am increasingly coming to the same conclusion with regards to your integration of my statements as you respond to me with essentially the same "talking points" in a manner that shows you haven't contemplated that at the very least merely repeating yourself isn't going to cause me to consider your old point any more relevant than it was the first time I offerred a rebuttal with new informational value.
At some point, I have learned that in such dialogues the only productive thing ...
However, Kidder's depictions of Farmer's personality portray him as a happy man. Perhaps the book will be of some help, if you indeed have not yet read it.
I'm quite certain that the vast majority of people who ever encountered me in meatspace would make the mistake of thinking that I am a happy person. I laugh, I smile, I go through all of the motions. I am upbeat and concerned with the wellbeing of others. I am patient to a fault, and nigh unto never show any signs of any kind of being foul-mannered or intemperate.
Those who know me when I am ... myself -- know a very different person. They are few.
I also notice a correlation between times I am unhappy,
One fo the many things I dislike about the English language is that it does not readily acknowledge that "happy" is no excluded middle.
So of course you can call happiness a terminal value.
I can call my cat a Harrier Jet, too. Doesn't mean she's going to start launching missiles from under the wings she doesn't have.
Or, if maximal utility doesn't include increased happiness, you're doing it wrong, assuming happiness is what you value.
You're confusing abitrary with intrinsic. To qualify as a terminal value a thing must be self-evidently valuable; that is, it must be inherently 'good'. More of it must always be 'better' than less of it. I know this to be false of happiness/pleasure;...
Right now some people prefer happiness.
This is handwaving. That is; you use a description to fulfill the role of an explanation.
Many of the people who prefer happiness also endorse desiring to be happy
This is also a description, not an explanation.
No justification is required for preferring one's preferences.
... I cannot help but find this to be a silly assertion. "That's the default"? That's just... not true.
f you keep asking "Why?" enough you are bound to end up at the bottom level terminal goals from which other ins
This is just what they happen to do.
This is nonsensical. Do we always conform to patterns merely because they're the patterns we always adhered to, unquestioningly? The question is being asked now.
If there is no decent answer -- then what justifies this article?
I meant, borrowing your words, are you consumed with a driving ambition or devotion to achieving the uttermost limits of what you could achieve or become, utilizing the maximum of your potential to impact the world? Are you always striving for something you don't have; wishing to be more than you are in every possible sense of the word... including the efficacy with which you strive for more?
Not as much as I should be.
And if so, what are you doing about it?
1) Completely overhauling my professional capacity and career-path. In the last two years I've...
Not fulfilling the potential itself, but rather the capacity to do so, (which can only properly be measured by the actualization / acting-upon-of said capacity). As to why -- well, fundamentally it's the notion that maximized instrumentality is the maximally optimal instrumental state. From there the question becomes; "is maximized instrumentality useful?"
That is a "self-proving" terminal value. One need only ask the question to see that it implies its answer. "Is being useful useful?" Well... yes. Whatever it is you want to ...
Emotion dressed up as pseudo-intellectualism. How do I know that/ Because the answer is so supremely obvious.
... Is there maybe some other manner in which I could explain that I was revealing my emotional biases in order to get them out of the way of the dialogue that would be more effective for you?
... What exactly is so baffling? People want to be happy for it's own sake
Why? The position is alien to me.
but in the end you're going to be faced with the fact that it's just a terminal value and you're going to have a hard time "explaining"
That question segfaults in my parser.
"Happiness" is neither to be aimed at nor avoided. Doing what you truly want is to be aimed at, and not avoided.
So then you reject altogether the core premise of the article, which also stated; "Actively want to be happier. Motivation and investment matter."
Of course, I can also note that the only way, from my perspective, to guarantee your maximal significance (in terms of material impact upon the world) -- is to always strive for something you don't have; to wish to be more than you are in every possible sense of the word... incl...
Might be fun?
Okay. So what?
Sure beats the alternative?
Does it? Why? What is the alternative? How is 'happy' better?
It's compatible with all the good drugs and keeps you off all the bad ones?
I can't help but not that this is post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning.
Let's engage in a bit of an exercise. I am a thirty year old man. I have never in my life experienced happiness. I have no prospects of becoming happy. Everyone I have ever seen who was happy seemed, in many fundamental ways, contemptible to me: they were complacent, they were 'satisfied...
Alright... after reading through much of this, a certain line struck me over and over again.
Actively want to be happier. Motivation and investment matter.
I have only one question.
(To clarify: I mean: Why be happy? Why want to be happy? How is it useful? What 'good' is happiness?)
Emotional blackmail on LeStrange. Also -- half a year is too long a time period. by far.
Figure without time turners but with healing magics and potions an eight month birth. Rip the kid out of her womb, and heal her back into active duty. You lose her services for maybe a month. (Up to six months in and she's still combat-capable.)
Heal both kid and mother, and there you go. (also, if we can assume accelerated gestation potions then we get even more silly. No "downtime" at all No need for time turners.)
It's the same argument though.
How much money would I have to pay you for you to let me rape you in a way that causes no physical trauma, after dosing you with a drug that prevents you from remembering the hour before or after it?
Would that dollar amount change if I told you I had already given you the drug?
The problem I see is your treatment of this arrangement as a "black box" of you[entering] and you[exiting]. But this is illegitimate. There were ten rounds of you[copy-that-dies] that would also be you[entering].
Have you read EY's writings on timeless decision theory? It seems to me that this is a variation.
So instead of a war, let's look at a potential asteroid strike.
I didn't say that there weren't good reasons for resisting the pointlessly-occurring phenomenon. I said only that it was pointless. Or are you now going to impose fundamental purposefulness and agency onto the very fabric of the cosmos? This gets exceedingly ridiculous. I have never once argued that your usage is invalid. Why do you insist on refusing to recognize mine, despite the legitimacy of the terms and the framing with which I have presented them demonstrating clearly that I was usi...
The software needs a way to track who was responding to which questions. That's because many of the questions relate to one another. It does that without requiring logins by using the ongoing http session. If you leave the survey idle then the session will time out. You can suspend a survey session by creating a login which it will then use for your answers.
The cookies thing is because it's not a single server but loadbalanced between multiple webservers (multiactive HA architecture). This survey isn't necessarily the only thing these servers will ever be running.
(I didn't write the software but I am providing the physical hosting it's running on.)