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56 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 07 August 2007 05:57PM

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Comment author: mszegedy 08 December 2012 02:09:43AM 0 points [-]

Maybe I'm misunderstanding Plato, then? It seems to me that Plato's advocating that you can't learn about things outside by staring at the ceiling, but by interacting with them, which is Yudkowsky's position as well.

Comment author: Desrtopa 08 December 2012 04:05:35AM 4 points [-]

I think you are misunderstanding the Plato quote. He's not saying that you have to go and look at things outside rather than "staring at the ceiling," but that "staring at the ceiling" (making observations about things) isn't a true exercise of reason. He's arguing that only contemplation of that which cannot be perceived by the senses is truly exalting.

Comment author: mszegedy 08 December 2012 03:45:27PM 2 points [-]

Oh, okay. Thank you!