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80 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 November 2007 06:57AM

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Comment author: Recovering_irrationalist 02 November 2007 08:31:01PM 1 point [-]

I aspire to perfectionism, but you can't go from there to my thinking that any given system is already perfect. Especially not evolution!

I didn't think you thought evolution was perfect, quite the opposite. I thought you disliked it partly because of its random element.

As for black swans, you need more cognitive complexity, not less, to handle them

Of course, all else equal. That's like saying don't spend cash on a smoke alarm because if you're the victim of a house fire you need more money, not less.

I'm saying a little feedback might be worth the cost to perfection. It might even make that toaster of yours a bit safer.

Noise doesn't help with black swans; a random key does not fit a random lock.

I argued for "Feedback/Checks and Balances", not random noise. With clever use of these a key could indeed open many random locks.

Evolution in particular does very poorly with black swans.

Worse than a process with zero intelligence that doesn't have feedback and checks and balances?

[via link] Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Until you need that last little thing you burned to get the "100% efficiency" certificate.

I hope you don't think I'm having a go. I really did like most of your post :-)