From: Ben Goertzel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 21:40:01 MDT
> If a theory or researcher can't handle the basic, simplest cases
> correctly, it has effectively no hope of handling more complex
> cases correctly. It would be nice to say that everyone understood
> these extremely simple examples of normative reasoning, but
> evidently this is not the case, and attempting to proceed without
> rectifying the deficiency will result in the person in question
> falling flat on their face, predictably and repeatadly. I did so
> myself several times before realising the importance of explicitly
> ensuring that the fundamentals of reasoning are present and correct.
I believe you are the one who stated on this list that not accepting Eli's
of Friendly AI is analogous to not accepting Einstein's theory of
IMO that statement was a pretty bad lapse of reasoning about a pretty
simple matter (i.e. Eli's theory is not empirically demonstrated at all,
whereas Einstein's is), so I guess that means you are hopeless for
doing complex reasoning too...
You and Eli are tremendously condescending, and it's starting to get on my
nerves; it is not as though you folks have any record of demonstrated
achievement to back up your attitude of tremendous superiority.
I am going to bow out of this increasingly annoying dialogue now,
but you can feel free to keep insulting me if you find it gratifying.
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