Re: Iconoclasm (was: Chunking intelligence functions)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu May 10 2001 - 16:08:01 MDT

Like I said, I've heard about the results debunking Dvorak. I would not
overlook, however, the fact that the debunkers are making political hay
out of their own results as well; path dependency is presently a
politically controversial issue. To my everlasting regret I failed to set
up a before-and-after quantitative comparison for my own switch, but the
results of the alleged debunking simply do not conform to my own
experience. I would similarly report from my personal experience that the
chief advantage of the Dvorak keyboard is rhythm and the distance your
fingers need to travel. I expect that both the Navy results and the
modern-day anti-path-dependency results were politically biased - for
example, the report I read focused almost exclusively on typing speed,
which as stated is not what I found to be the chief advantage of Dvorak.

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

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