Re: PSYCH: Emotion in Reason (Was: Plea)

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Sun, 19 Jan 1997 16:42:17 -0600

> Thus, your ideas describe a reasonable thinker perfectly, but are
> totally inapplicable for someone who makes important decisions through
> intuition, and lives a life "unfettered" by tedious analysis. They see
> no distinction between any of their goals, because their motives are
> always the same: "I feel like I should do this." Whether the
> conclusion is rationally justified or primally motivated, they're still
> doing what they "feel" they should do. They get out of bed in the
> morning because they feel like they should, not because they're being
> rational.

Sounds a lot like Raymond Smullyan's "The Tao Is Silent".
(Note: Raymond Smullyan also wrote "First-Order Logic".)

--      Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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