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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 December 2008 12:31AM

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Comment author: Elia_G 14 August 2015 01:38:42AM 0 points [-]

EY, I'm not sure I'm with you about needing to get smarter to integrate all new experiences. If we want to stay and slay every monster, couldn't we instead allow ourselves to forget some experiences, and to not learn at maximum capacity?

It does seem wrong to willfully not learn, but maybe as a compromise, I could learn all that my ordinary brain allows, then allow that to act as a cap and not augment my intelligence until that level of challenges fully bored me. I could maybe even learn new things while forgetting others to make space.

Or am I merely misunderstanding something about how brains work?

My motivation for taking this tack is that I find the fun of making art and of telling stories more compelling than the fun of learning; therefore, I'm not inclined to learn as fast as possible, if it means skipping over other fun; I'm also disinclined to become so competent that I'm alienated from the hardships/imperfections that give my life a story / allow me to enjoy stories.

Comment author: LawrenceC 14 August 2015 06:57:37AM *  1 point [-]

Yes, I think he recognizes this in this post. He also writes about this (from a slightly different perspective) in high challenge.