RE: Metarationality (was: JOIN: Alden Streeter)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Aug 25 2002 - 13:51:32 MDT

I wrote:
> > 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 ;>

More seriously:

Yes, your statement is correct if the time really was *wasted*.

But just because you *took* a lot of time getting to the right answer for a
certain problem, doesn't mean you *wasted* a lot of time.

It may be that with your computational resources, the problem was hard.

It also may be that, for some problems confronting any particular finite
goal-driven system, a "generate hypotheses, guided by nonrational emotions,
and then test them" methodology may be the MOST efficient way to arrive at
an answer.

Explicitly following a "decision tree" and "logical thinking" oriented
process is only the optimal strategy for certain types of problems, in
certain types of situations.

-- Ben G

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