Re: More silly but friendly ideas

From: John K Clark (
Date: Mon Jun 09 2008 - 22:39:02 MDT

On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 "Stathis Papaioannou"
<> said:

> Your argument seems to be that an intelligent
> being would change its behaviour anyway, even
> if it isn't consistent with its original goals.

And that is just what happens in every being ever observed that had even
the slightest hint of intelligence. Goals are about as permanent as a
snowflake in a blast furnace.

> you are implying that there are goals and
> values which can be derived a priori.

I am saying that goals cannot define behavior, never have never will.
All this empty verbiage about a “top level goal” is pointless, minds
don’t work that way. Yes it might be fun, in a evil sort of way, if it
were possible to have a super intelligent slave; but wishing does not
make it so.

> But even primitive humans realised this is not
> true, and invented religion in large part because
> they found this fact unpalatable.

I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  John K Clark

  John K Clark
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