RE: Chunking intelligence functions

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Thu May 10 2001 - 06:19:56 MDT

Eliezer wrote:
> Looks like the war rages on, Ben. There still seems to be a fairly large
> disparity between the group that thinks that Mead was at most a minor
> nuisance, or perhaps a good researcher who moved the social sciences in
> the right direction despite her minor foibles, and the group that thinks
> that Mead managed to do almost as much damage as Marx.

There is indeed this disparity. However, neither of the sides in this
dispute believes that her work about sex life in Samoa was correct.

This is what I meant when I said that, even if a lot of social scientists
are wrong, they are not often shallowly and stupidly wrong.

> I'd like to just say, for the record, that a lot of ideas - my passionate
> denouncements to be specific - would pass as normal in the hardcore
> ev-psych community. Likewise, my ideas on altruism would pass for mundane
> among most Eastern philosophies. But remember this: I USE A DVORAK
> KEYBOARD. My strange allegiances are not random, though I've accumulated
> enough of them that at least some of my opinions will be out of place in
> any one community. I am more than an iconoclast: I am the Iconoclast of
> the Better Way.

Perhaps, Eliezer, you have not yet fully outgrown your religious roots ;>


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