Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

rkyeun comments on Reductionism - Less Wrong

40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2008 06:26AM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (152)

Sort By: Old

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: mitchell_porter2 16 March 2008 08:18:09AM 11 points [-]

This denial that "higher level" entities actually exist causes a problem when we are supposed to identify ourselves with such an entity. Does the mind of a cognitive scientist only exist in the mind of a cognitive scientist?

Comment author: rkyeun 11 April 2011 12:15:48AM 20 points [-]

The belief that there is a cognitive mind calling itself a scientist only exists in that scientist's mind. The reality is undecatillion swarms of quarks not having any beliefs, and just BEING the scientist.

Comment author: TheAncientGeek 10 November 2017 10:31:22AM 2 points [-]

That observation runs headlong into the problem, rather than solving it.

Comment author: entirelyuseless 10 November 2017 02:05:13PM 0 points [-]

Exactly. "The reality is undecatillion swarms of quarks not having any beliefs, and just BEING the scientist." Let's reword that. "The reality is undecatillion swarms of quarks not having any beliefs, and just BEING 'undecatillion swarms of quarks' not having any beliefs, with a belief that there is a cognitive mind calling itself a scientist that only exists in the undecatillion swarms of quarks's mind."

There seems to be a logic problem there.