Re: Wilson's mental hierarchy

Samael (
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 11:22:41 -0000

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From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <> To: <> Date: 11 December 1998 11:08
Subject: Re: Wilson's mental hierarchy

Just a couple of contradictions:

>But even leaving out that quote,
>or anything else you wish to disclaim as irrelevant, I can't see anything
>the "8-circuit" model that constitutes a useful guide to understanding or
>building minds. Neither can anyone else.

Ahem. Feel free to say that you can't see anything useful. To say that nobody else can see anything useful seems like an unwarranted assumption. Especially as the original poster apparently did see something.

>I am telling you that the "8 circuits" are oversimplified and flat wrong.

They can't be both. Are they an oversimplification of the truth or do they bear no relation to the truth?

Personally I find the first four circuits very useful metaphors (in similar ways to the 'reptile brain/mammal brain/front brain as metaphors for different thought patterns).