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29 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 May 2008 08:51AM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 24 May 2008 01:25:31AM 0 points [-]

there are so, so, so many apparently trivial things a village idiot knows/can do that a chimp doesn't/can't

There are many things chimps can do that village idiots can't, too. You just don't think about those things very often, so you don't value them.

Also: we don't compete with lions any more. We complete with other humans. It matters a LOT whether we're smarter than the humans around us or not. We still have to specify: smarter how? There isn't a single property that can be increased or decreased. This very simple point is still being ignored.