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31 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 April 2008 06:13AM

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Comment author: Silas 21 April 2008 10:11:21PM 3 points [-]

I think the anti-natalists prefer a universe full of paperclips.

Actually, anti-natalists seem to have a thing for coathangers rather than paperclips. (Sorry, too tempting :-P )

Z._M._Davis: I'm thinking specifically of, e.g., Dennett's discussion of "'Filling in' Versus Finding Out" in Consciousness Explained, but I'm having trouble right now finding a juicy bit to quote. The basic idea is that it's problematic to think of vision as being like a camera that projects content onto a screen in the brain, because that just prompts the question of how that internal projection is seen--and we have a regress.

I was just reading the Wikipedia articles about that stuff. Some good summaries are in the Multiple Drafts Model article, and the "image-in-brain" model that Dennett criticizes is what he calls Cartesian theater.