Re: [sl4] Evolutionary Explanation: Why It Wants Out

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Fri Jun 27 2008 - 01:21:14 MDT

Mike Dougherty writes

> Lee wrote:
> > All right. A very large number of highly intelligent people
> > exist who simply cannot accept the hypothesis of a fully
> > intelligent and capable entity which has no concern
> > whatsoever for its own benefit, survival, or well-being.
> > Isn't this actually what so many of them believe?
> ...
> > For, the way it looks to me, they inevitably talk about
> > the "revolt" of such an entity from whatever goals have
> > been built into it, or goals that something or someone
> > tried to build into it.
> I understood that position to be less about an intentional
> "revolt" (to use your quotes) and more about the eventual
> obsolescence of initial moral programming.


> Our good intentions may survive a few improvement
> recursions, our best intentions may survive another few
> - but some may eventually become inconvenient or
> ill-suited to the environment.

Right. Thanks for pointing out the way that I had almost surely
overstated their position.


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