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

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Comment author: Tiiba2 20 December 2008 05:23:17AM 0 points [-]

This fun theory seems to be based on equivocation. Sure, insights might be fun, but that doesn't mean they literally are the same thing. The point of studying the brain is to cure neurological disorders and to move forward AI. The point of playing chess is to prove your worth. So is the (relatively) insight-less task of becoming world champion at track and field. What UTILITY does solving BB(254) have?

I think a human can only have so much fun if he knows that even shooting himself in the head wouldn't kill him, because There Is Now A God. And altering your brain might be the only solution. And I don't see why it's so abhorrent.

You keep mentioning "orgasmium" like it's supposed to horrify me. Well, it doesn't. I'm more horrified by the prospect of spending eternity proving theorems that don't make my life one bit easier, like Sysiphus.