Re: So You Think You're Rational?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 16:54:40 MST

> In the report presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North
> America, Shibata said X-rays of the brains of people in the act of making decisions that
> affected their own lives showed an increase in mental activity in their prefrontal lobes, the
> area where emotions are generated.

...simply amazing.

The prefrontal lobes are involved in planning, period. Damage to the
frontal lobes impairing planning and self-control has also been known
about, for over a century, I believe. Whatever original discovery this
researcher made, it didn't make it into the press release.

Again, I think this is probably an instance of the generic headline
"Researcher Asked To Explain Complex Discovery; Press Release Author
Misunderstands Completely." Use of the term "X-rays" is further evidence.

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

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