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The obvious choice isn’t always the best choice, but sometimes, by golly, it is. I don’t stop looking as soon I find an obvious answer,…
Transhumanists are not fond of death. We would stop it if we could. To this end, we support research that holds out hope of a…
Textbook science is beautiful! Textbook science is comprehensible, unlike mere fascinating words that can never be truly beautiful. Elementary science textbooks describe simple theories, and…
I keep trying to explain to people that the archetype of intelligence is not Dustin Hoffman in ‘The Rain Man;’ it is a human being,…
We tend to see individual differences instead of human universals. Thus, when someone says the word ‘intelligence,’ we think of Einstein instead of humans.
The purpose of a moral philosophy is not to look delightfully strange and counterintuitive or to provide employment to bioethicists. The purpose is to guide…
Though I have friends aplenty in academia, I don’t operate within the academic system myself.
My successes already accomplished have mostly been taking existing science and getting people to apply it in their everyday lives.
I want to carry in my heart forever the key word of the Olympics – ‘passion.’
If I could create a world where people lived forever, or at the very least a few billion years, I would do so. I don’t…
When you think of intelligence, don’t think of a college professor; think of human beings as opposed to chimpanzees. If you don’t have human intelligence,…
The human species was not born into a market economy. Bees won’t sell you honey if you offer them an electronic funds transfer. The human…
Nothing you’ll read as breaking news will ever hold a candle to the sheer beauty of settled science. Textbook science has carefully phrased explanations for…
Let the winds of evidence blow you about as though you are a leaf, with no direction of your own. Beware lest you fight a…
In our skulls, we carry around 3 pounds of slimy, wet, greyish tissue, corrugated like crumpled toilet paper. You wouldn’t think, to look at the…
When something is universal enough in our everyday lives, we take it for granted to the point of forgetting it exists.
To be clever in argument is not rationality but rationalization.
There’s a popular concept of ‘intelligence’ as book smarts, like calculus or chess, as opposed to, say, social skills. So people say that ‘it takes…
The purest case of an intelligence explosion would be an Artificial Intelligence rewriting its own source code. The key idea is that if you can…
The systematic experimental study of reproducible errors of human reasoning, and what these errors reveal about underlying mental processes, is known as the heuristics and…
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