[FoRK] Rationality and English, Human Evil and Muddled Thinking
<lionkimbro at gmail.com> on
Mon Sep 17 13:09:11 PDT 2007
On 9/17/07, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
> While I seriously doubt he's
> going to light the Singularity, I think in the balance he's been more
> of a force of good (raising awareness, probably about all he'll
> accomplish but significant nonetheless) than otherwise, and with age
> is becoming less of an embarrassment.
> Or, as he calls it these days, "The Way." (Guffaw! Humility indeed...)
(I needed to see this first hand, so I googled, and found:
I don't know if this is what you intended or not, but, here is what I see
now, after reading that page-- that this is a sign that my picture of
Eliezer as a completely head-strong youth needs changing.
"...If you swallow enough sciences the gaps
between them will diminish and your knowledge will become a
unified whole. If you are gluttonous you will become vaster
than mountains. It is especially important to eat math and
science which impinges upon rationality: Evolutionary
psychology, heuristics and biases, social psychology,
probability theory, decision theory. But these cannot be the
only fields you study. The Art must have a purpose other than
itself, or it collapses into infinite recursion."
In Evolutionary Spirituality, (whatever *that* is,) we say that:
* Facts are the Tongue of God,
* Scientists have executed (and are executing) the deepest, most
sustained meditation into Truth, the nature of Reality.
Homage to "The Way" as something beyond individual expression,
or total understanding, is a recognition of something larger than
yourself, and your total control. That wasn't something my imagined
simulation of Eliezer would be capable of.
If he claims *mastery* of the Way, then I have to go back to thinking
he's an idiot again. But that he can at least see such a thing, and
talk about it-- that means I need to update my picture of him.
He's may still be an arrogant prick, but at least he doesn't consider
himself Master of the Universe.
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