What should skeptics believe about the singularity?

This is a guest post from Luke Muehlhauser, author of Common Sense Atheism and Worldview Naturalism, and Executive Director of MIRI. [Read more...]

The problem with libertarianism in a nutshell

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I’ve previously written about how I’ve gone from being draw to the “libertarian” label to being comfortable calling myself a liberal. But lately, I think I’ve been putting together some pieces about what, exactly, is wrong with libertarianism. [Read more...]

Currently reading: Timeless Decision Theory

I’ve started reading Eliezer Yudkowsky’s 120 page document Timeless Decision Theory. Hopefully I’ll have something intelligent to say about it in the near future. If you want a taste of it but don’t have time for the whole think, I recommend Luke’s Decision Theory FAQ, as well as Eliezer’s post Newcomb’s Problem and Regret of [Read More...]

Would you bet your life on your philosophy of mind?: Some thoughts on uploading

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The overall reaction to this thread was not quite what I was hoping for, but I’m going to press ahead with some thoughts on consciousness anyway. Specifically, I want to talk about how the problem of consciousness relates to the issue of uploading. [Read more...]

What papers you should read on AI risk and related issues

In this comment thread, there was one point where I ended up just quoting Eliezer Yudkowsky at length, and more points where I was tempted to do so. But I think it would be more productive to write a post telling people what papers they should read if they have a serious interest in this [Read More...]

Cambridge’s new existential risk project, and other killer robot news

This past week seems to have been a really good week for the popular media noticing the very important coming threat of killer robots. This is in large part due to a bunch of media outlets noticing Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk–the notice on its website is dated April 2012, but a [Read More...]

Neuroscience basics & some criticism of Eliezer Yudkowsky

I’ve just written a post at LessWrong covering some basics of neuroscience and criticizing a claim by Eliezer Yudkowsky that the brain “just doesn’t really look all that complicated.” If you just want to read the latter part of the post, I’ve put my criticisms below the fold on this one: [Read more...]

Privileging the hypothesis: the most common flaw in arguments for the existence of God

I believe the bad reasoning found in O’Reilly’s argument for the existence of God is just one example of a more general problem  that is very common in arguments for the existence of God, including ones made by professional philosophers of religion. It’s related to the problems discussed in chapter 4, but it’s a little [Read More...]


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