META (Re: KILLTHREAD: Re: physical pain is bad)

From: Philip Goetz (
Date: Thu Jan 26 2006 - 07:54:48 MST

On 1/25/06, Mitchell Howe <> wrote:
> This thread is having trouble staying above the level of mere
> philosophy. I don't deny that it has relevance, but it doesn't seem to
> be getting anywhere right now. Let's give it a rest.
> --SL4 List Sniper

I have 3 questions:

- How are we supposed to talk about what sort of goals and ethics we
should develop an AI to have, so that it will be friendly, without
delving into "mere philosophy"?

- If we can't talk about "mere philosophy", does this mean we can have
a blanket ban on discussions of consciousness?

- What do people think about applying this policy generally, and
killing all threads that turn into philosophy? I think this might
help with the perceived drop in quality of this list.


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