A biologist I admire, Bret Weinstein, employs a four-part test to determine whether a trait is the product of evolution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtdOhBoZfNg Is it complex? Does it have a cost? Is there variation in the amount of cost that is spent? Does it persist over evolutionary time? If a trait has all of those characteristics, then … Continue reading The errors with Bret Weinstein’s four-part test of adaption
We know what we as humans are designed for. Ostensibly, the goal of all life is to survive and reproduce, (or by any other means spread its genetic information). Our intelligence did not evolve as an end in itself. It evolved because it happened to be useful for the above purpose in our environment. You … Continue reading If we design strong AI, it might not take over the world. It might just sit around masturbating.
[Updated for clarification] Google defines "zero sum": (of a game or situation) in which whatever is gained by one side is lost by the other. Ask yourself, what gives something that property? I posit, it is something that one cannot create. Can only be taken. When it is impossible to create something, the only way to … Continue reading Land, Status, People