Re: Personal goal system was: IA vs. AI

Edwin Evans (
Sun, 8 Aug 1999 16:43:45 -0700

Eliezer, what do you mean by:

> Even in a
> deterministic Universe, there are still causal dependencies between past
> and present

That's what I thought a deterministic universe is. One where the present instant depends on the instant before.

I don't think its the paradox (between thinking I have control and being controlled by low level processes) that is an illusion. The paradox has an answer. The feeling of control is an illusion.

Paul, if you feel you need to believe in free will, then I would ask you if it was enough to believe in the possibility of it. I also wonder what "assortment of things" I shouldn't do because I don't think I have free will. I think I should do what is right. (It seems like its mostly just a theoretical or blaming issue. The only practical thing I can think of right now is whether I argue that I have free will or that I don't have free will.)

BTW, here's a good site with "evidence that our notion of free will is an illusion" -

Also, Eliezer wrote:
> So
> purposes, if not energy and short-term motivations, definitely fall into
> the "software" category.
Huh? Purposes are definitely software but short-term motivations are not?