Re: Fwd: Dumb, Dumb, Duh Dumb

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Oct 19 2001 - 22:54:14 MDT

"Chen Yixiong, Eric" wrote:
> A brief collection of anecdotal evidence to support the notion that
> "a little knowledge" would in actuality represent major progress

I find it excruciatingly ironic that this article is being published by
Scientific American, a major leader in the dumbing-down of science.

Look at the writing quality of the article, which is 'x', where 'x' is
some number that is very, very low. It is clearly being written for
readers whose ability to parse long sentences and read big words is also
'x'. Humor columnists write to a higher-level audience than this.

Try contrasting the writing quality of the above article with the one
below, which says that the supposed inability of the public to understand
science is overblown by a media that received science-free educations

And instead of torturing your brain with Scientific American, move on to
reading the SciTech Daily Review, where I found the above link:

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

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