From: J. R. Molloy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 08:45:14 MST
From: "G.P." <email@example.com>
> So what is wrong with having complex issues
The difficulty arises when the degree of complexity surpasses the ability to
*accurately* pre-analyze issues, in particular, complex social issues. When
mistakes are made (as they always will be) in the pre-analysis, unfortunate
unintended consequences have eventuated.
> and, in exceptional cases, outlawing behaviours that with
> high probability cause more harm than good?
By outlawing potentially harmful behaviors, we may simultaneously be outlawing
potentially very helpful behaviors. A free and successful society presumes all
citizens are innocent until *proven* otherwise, and that eccentric behavior
can lead to beneficial innovation which contributes to the progress of our
species and accelerates our quest for knowledge.
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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI
We move into a better future in proportion as the scientific method
accurately identifies incorrect thinking.
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