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14 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 18 May 2008 05:19AM

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Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov2 18 May 2008 12:34:23PM 4 points [-]

I started to seriously think about rationality only when I started to think about AI, trying to understand grounding. When I saw that meaning, communication, correctness and understanding are just particular ways to characterize probabilistic relations between "representation" and "represented", it all started to come together, and later was transferred to human reasoning and beyond. So, it was the enigma of AI that acted as a catalyst in my case, not a particular delusion (or misplaced trust). Most of the things I read on the subject were outright confused or in the state of paralyzed curiosity, not deluded in a particular technical way. But so is "Science". The problem is in settling for status quo, walking along the trodden track where it's possible to do better.

Thus, I see this post as a demonstration by example of how important it is to break the trust in all of your cherished curiosity stoppers.