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22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 19 December 2008 12:51AM

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Comment author: Lumifer 10 November 2015 06:00:36PM 0 points [-]

Most people aren't trying and failing to achieve their dreams. We aren’t even trying. We don’t have well-articulated dreams

Evidence or typical mind fallacy..? X-)

Comment author: MarsColony_in10years 10 November 2015 06:59:21PM *  1 point [-]

Guilty. I've spent most of my life trying to articulate and rigorously define what our goals should be. It takes an extra little bit of cognitive effort to model others as lacking that sense of purpose, rather than merely having lots of different well-defined goals.

(EDIT, to avoid talking past each other: Not that people don't have any well defined sub-goals, mind you. Just not well defined terminal values, and well defined knowledge of their utility function. No well-defined answers to Life, The Universe, And Everything.)

Comment author: Lumifer 10 November 2015 07:17:44PM *  1 point [-]

"Well-defined terminal values" are a very different thing from "well-articulated dreams".

P.S. People with "well-defined answers to Life, The Universe, And Everything" are usually pretty scary.