Comment by blhayk on What should experienced rationalists know? · 2020-10-17T02:50:23.583Z · LW · GW

Also I'm not sure rationality is as complex as you are suggesting. Its as simple as asking yourself "Do I have evidence for what I feel inclined to believe?"  A persons ability to consciously ask along with their ability to objectively answer will lead to a rationality based existence. (to the extent at which it is possible)

Comment by blhayk on What should experienced rationalists know? · 2020-10-17T01:46:34.288Z · LW · GW

I have a problem with the short term existence of real AI. I am new to this site and likely will discuss topics many are familiar with. I don't know if self consciousness can be created artificially through code influenced by even the smallest amount of human emotion and unconscious irrationality. Humans evolved through conditions that, when it comes down to it, were based in objective reality. Even if an "irrational" event threating existence occurred, it is safe to say that those influenced the most by objective reason survived, even if the example of "rationality" sounds insane to us today. It makes sense naturally that an organism rejecting the innumerable physical laws guiding our universe(most of which are unknown to our "higher level of consciousness") are the least likely to propagate. I almost think there is an unwritten physical law, too hard to prove at the moment through any known scientific means, that states one consciousness can not create another species/ mind with  a consciousness grounded in intelligence vastly superior to its creators. I don't think it is possible to teach a computer 2+2= 4 and then attempt to teach it to learn from an algorithm that isn't written, whether consciously or unconsciously, to answer questions 100% coinciding w/ objective physical/ mathematical reality, and expect it will develop a superior and even threatening consciousness. If a consciousness does develop it will be through drawing from info in a corrupted/unrepresentative data set. It will be extremely flawed and easy to combat with any objective human reasoning. Again, I am new to this site and likely wrong. I'm hoping to hear a perspective that uses either empirical evidence or basic logic to reject my hypothesis.