Re[2]: Metarationality (was: JOIN: Alden Streeter)

From: Cliff Stabbert (
Date: Sun Aug 25 2002 - 05:18:11 MDT

Saturday, August 24, 2002, 10:56:21 PM, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:


ESY> Rationality is the universal of which evolution and brains are partial
ESY> implementations, and the truth that confers upon them their powers. It
ESY> underlies the inductive reasoning that gave birth to flowers, and the
ESY> deliberative reasoning that put footprints on the moon. If you look past
ESY> surface similarities and differences you can see the rationality burning
ESY> underneath like blood flowing under skin.

What an unexpectedly poetic message!

Your definition of "rationality" is clearly different from common
usage, and from Gordon Worley's and James Rogers' usage in this thread.

Perhaps "Mind" or "Mindness" would be a better fit for what you're
trying to describe. The Universe appears to have been designed for
evolving complex ("mindful") systems. Gregory Bateson and his _Steps
to an Ecology of Mind_ is relevant here.


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