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34 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 November 2007 03:45PM

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Comment author: Recovering_irrationalist 08 November 2007 08:44:46PM 2 points [-]

While I stand by my first comment, in the interests of appropriate uncertainty I couldn't resist submitting for thought this quote from one of Eliezer's favorite papers, The Psychological Foundations of Culture

"The fact that evolution is not a process that works by "intelligence" cuts both ways, however. Precisely because modifications are randomly generated, adaptive design solutions are not precluded by the finite intelligence of any engineer. Consequently, evolution can contrive subtle solutions that only a superhuman, omniscient engineer could have intentionally designed."