Re: Amusing anti-cloning arguments

Robin Hanson (
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 09:18:14 -0800

Bernard J Hughes writes:
>> Something about this sort of topic seems to trigger cognitive
>> reactions which bypass mental modules capable of more abstract critical
>> analysis. I think it is very important for us to understand this
>> cognitive process in more detail.
>Perhaps its some sort of antibody reaction to foreign memes. Societies that
>accepted new ideas too easily were destroyed by random passing memes.

We've seen dozens of suggestions at this level of detail - what we need is for people to dig deeper into such suggestions to get more detailed predictions from each, and to confront those predictions with more detailed data.

Robin Hanson RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884 140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614