RE: Metarationality (was: JOIN: Alden Streeter)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Aug 25 2002 - 13:29:07 MDT

> If you wasted a lot of time to come up with the right answer, you are
> not thinking the right way. The better you weight decision trees and
> think logically, the less time you will waste trying to test some
> hypothesis to come up with the right answer.

Well, I am going to have to see a lot more impressive results come out of
YOUR thought process, in order to be interested in modifying my own thought
process according to your suggestions ;>

And I don't just mean that sarcastically!

> Rightness is not what is right qua being X. It what is right for being
> X qua the universe. If it is most right for your dog to reproduce qua
> the universe, then it is rational to reproduce. This does not mean that
> your dog is a rational thinker, since he is likely using emotions to
> make decisions, which prove to be less effective than logical thought.

For the dog, following emotions is more effective (ergo more "rational" by
your definition) than pursuing logical thought, at least in the domain of

This is because the dog has very good evolutionary wiring for things like
mating, and is very bad at logical thought.

-- Ben G

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