From: Michael Vassar (
Date: Thu Mar 22 2007 - 08:25:51 MDT

We focus on bias because we know of abundantly numerous instances of
historical advocacy of proposals that seem like good ideas initially due to
biases but which were later recognized to be omnicidal.
More generally, once you know a certain amount about normative reasoning you
see that essentially *all* errors are attributable to cognitive biases, and
when you are aware of UFAI you see that essentially *no* errors in FAI
design can be tolerated. It must work perfectly the first time. Science
can't do that. We need something better. Science is a set of evolved
heuristics for avoiding bias. Via scientific study of bias we hope to
create somethign better, e.g. systematically designed debiasing procedures.

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