Re: The dangers of genuine ignorance (was: Volitional Morality and Action Judgement)

From: Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 20:17:46 MDT

Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:

> Ben Goertzel wrote:
>> Eliezer,
>> My main point in this dialogue was: I don't believe I'm so ignorant or
>> such a dipshit or so hide-bound by my preconceptions that, if you
>> articulated your current theories on FAI and related subjects, I'd be
>> unable to understand them. I've understood a lot of opaque and subtle
>> things from a lot of scientific disciplines. I don't believe that your
>> insights are an order of magnitude more difficult to grok than
>> everything else in science, math, philosophy, etc.
> I didn't say you were stupid, Ben, so it is no use objecting that you
> are smart. There are many reasons for failing to see dangers that are
> obvious in hindsight besides being a hide-bound dipshit. Enthusiasm and
> comforting ignorance are two classic causes, and my past self fell
> victim to both.

Er, this was in no wise intended to say that you were a hide-bound dipshit,
but rather the reverse. In all seriousness, I think your thoughts go
astray, but not that you are a hide-bound dipshit. The problem, if
anything, is the reverse.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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