RE: When Subgoals Attack

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Mon Dec 25 2000 - 08:28:55 MST

> > Your above analogy would blow your system architecture apart. Over and
> > over again we have found that individual freedom to pursue individual
> > goals does more for the overall good than any sort of top down
> > organization.
> Really? Okay, I demand the immediate liberation of your visual cortex to
> pursue the independent processing of whichever pixels it finds most
> interesting. I can no longer tolerate your enslavement of a living
> cognitive subsystem to your mere navigational requirements.

Well said, Eliezer

One thing I've found in doing practical Webmind work is that the "society of
metaphor is only partially apt. A brain requires a higher degree of overall
regulation of its parts than a society does, although it also requires a lot
of free-flowing
self-organization within the top-down-imposed constraints.

Like many other things, it's a question of balance


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