Re: :Weird mysterious ineffable stuff

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 21 Sep 1999 22:40:18 -0500

Green Sound wrote:
> Anyways, do you really think the universe would allow you to instantiate any
> consciousness without knowing what its internal experience was?

Of course not. You examine the instantiation, you know everything about the consciousness. Say otherwise and you descend into the pits of zombiedom. If consciousness is unavoidably subjective, it must be physically impossible to examine it, or to instantiate it as an abstraction from an examinable lower level.

> Interaction is
> the safety valve for preventing accidental hells.

God, I wish I could rely on this Universe having safety valves for *anything*.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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