[SEQ RERUN] Changing Emotions

post by MinibearRex · 2013-01-22T05:55:53.593Z · score: 2 (3 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 6 comments

Today's post, Changing Emotions was originally published on 05 January 2009. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


Creating new emotions seems like a desirable aspect of many parts of Fun Theory, but this is not to be trivially postulated. It's the sort of thing best done with superintelligent help, and slowly and conservatively even then. We can illustrate these difficulties by trying to translate the short English phrase "change sex" into a cognitive transformation of extraordinary complexity and many hidden subproblems.

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This post is part of the Rerunning the Sequences series, where we'll be going through Eliezer Yudkowsky's old posts in order so that people who are interested can (re-)read and discuss them. The previous post was Growing Up is Hard, and you can use the sequence_reruns tag or rss feed to follow the rest of the series.

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comment by Luke_A_Somers · 2013-01-22T15:10:35.573Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

... and then theres ¡>.<¡ , that special embarrassment that all of our new emotions have smilies for names.

comment by James_Blair · 2013-01-23T21:38:09.233Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


comment by fiddlemath · 2013-01-23T03:59:44.644Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


comment by CronoDAS · 2013-01-23T03:48:49.985Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

<(^_^<) (>^_^<) (>^_^)> <(^_^)>

comment by Luke_A_Somers · 2013-01-23T04:01:58.537Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

What is it, Kirby? Did Timmy fall down the well?

comment by MinibearRex · 2013-01-22T08:00:46.751Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

By the way, there may be some interruptions to posting sequence reruns over the course of the next week. Unfortunately, I'm going to be traveling and working on an odd schedule that may not let me reliably spend some time daily posting these things. I'll try to get to it as much as possible, but I apologize in advance if I miss a few days.