Re: Compliments and Otherwise (WAS: Normal and Weird)

From: Bryan Moss (
Date: Sun May 07 2000 - 16:30:53 MDT

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> > > "A psychologist could base an entire career on you
> > > alone." -- Bryan Moss
> >
> > Am I wrong?
> A neurologist or cognitive scientist could certainly base
> an entire career on me alone. A psychiatrist would either
> run screaming into the night (if ve was smart) or deny
> that anything unusual was going on (if ve wasn't).

I doubt the latter; we're all textbook cases of something.
The real interest lies in how your particular textbook case
manifests itself in an intricate framework of fantasies
about developing a superintelligence to discover the meaning
of life, the universe, and everything. Personally I agree
with most of your philosophy and would be willing to concede
that the Yudkowskian plan to Singularity is the true and
noble path, but I'm also fairly certain that I'm either
insane, wrong, stupid, mislead, or all of the above.

> I optimize my mind using heuristics which, unlike
> psychoanalysis, work whether you believe in them or not.

How do you measure the optimizations?


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