Re: How You Do Not Tell the Truth

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat May 05 2001 - 15:03:12 MDT

Jim Fehlinger wrote:
> Of course with Eliezer, as with other extremely smart people I
> know, you can count on him putting a personal and perhaps
> surprising spin on things, just for the sake of not giving the
> game away! That sort of disagreement for independence's sake,
> or just to keep things interesting, is not fatal to there being
> a "stable end of a conversation", as long as there's implied
> agreement about the basics.

Disagreement for independence's sake? Heh heh heh. As I once told a
certain thirteen-year-old, who wanted to break the rules of an
already-complex game just to make it more "interesting": "Don't break
rules for the sake of breaking them. If you break rules only when you
have a vastly superior alternative, you will have more than enough trouble
to last you the rest of your life."

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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