Dan Fabulich wrote:
> 'What is your name?' 'Eliezer S. Yudkowsky.' 'IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT
> YOUR NAME IS!!!':
Anyone tries pulling "stupid Vorlon tricks" on me, the next iteration they get "I don't exist, so I don't have a name." Let 'em deal with that.
> > I have yet to see any non-anthropomorphic philosophy other than my
Anthropomorphic: Shaped by man. Any pattern caused by features which
are unique to humanity, as opposed to (level one) biological sentience
> > own, which is also anthropomorphic. Hence my skepticism.
> You're using the word "anthropomorphic" in a manner quite different from
> how I normally see it used. Could you flesh that out a little more?
Anthropomorphic: Shaped by man. Any pattern caused by features which are unique to humanity, as opposed to (level one) biological sentiencein general, (level two) mortal sentience in general, (level three) sentience in general, or (level four) the truth.
I try for level two philosophies, maybe verging on level three every now and then. Most philosophies are entirely level zero - you couldn't walk up to a random alien race (even a mortal evolved race) and explain them. I try for philosophies that can be explained to AIs. But they still assume some basic facets of human/AI/mortal cognition, so my theories are still anthropomorphic; they're just anthropomorphic on a much lower level.
-- email@example.com Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://pobox.com/~sentience/tmol-faq/meaningoflife.html Running on BeOS Typing in Dvorak Programming with Patterns Voting for Libertarians Heading for Singularity There Is A Better Way