How intelligible is intelligence?

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This is important, because if all we need to make human-level AI is a relatively small number of key insights, the development of human-level AI might come seemingly out of nowhere. On the other hand, if it’s going to take a slow grind of R&D, we’re likely to get more of a warning. There are also potential implications for the impact of AI and what we can do to manage it. So how intelligible is intelligence? [Read more...]

Evo psych links

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When I did my last open thread, someone asked for more on evolutionary psychology. I have at least one idea for a post I may write on the subject in the future when I have time, but for now, let me direct you to a couple really good evo psych links I’ve found recently. [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...]

Greek poetry

Previously: An abridged Bible reading challenge [Read more...]

Rebecca Watson’s awful Skepticon 5 talk on evolutionary psychology

When I first heard about Rebecca Watson’s Skepticon 5 talk from James Croft, I was a bit skeptical. Now the video for the talk is available, and yeah, it’s pretty bad: [Read more...]

On who I voted for, the liberal democratic tradition, and words for bad things

(Alternative title: “Philosophical-political blog post that attempts to combine three blog posts into one.” It’s funny if you get the reference to Spinoza’s Treatise.) [Read more...]

Making celebrity quote images

The textually inclined will think think they’re kind of silly, and wonder what’s wrong with a good old fashioned and picture-free “quote of the day” post. But including the pic makes them much friendlier to sharing on Facebook, Reddit, and so on. So my question: how to best go about making a celebrity quote image [Read More...]


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