Category Archives: Philosophy

Mathematical Hells

[Warning: Memetic hazard and philosophical trip. Also, probably incorrect. Talks about death and torture and robots.] The universe is probably infinite, flat, uniform, and ergodic. This means not only that there are an infinity of copies of the Earth, all … Continue reading

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A non-absurdity heuristic, and why I’m not a Singularitarian

So er… Erm. Yeah. This is no longer a thing. I wrote a post exactly six months ago explaining why I was a Singularitarian. Or, well, so I thought. Except then I thought about it long and hard. And I finished … Continue reading

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What’s logical coherence for anyway?

Time for a writeup! Or something. So I’ve written before about Logical Uncertainty in a very vague way. And a few weeks ago I wrote about a specific problem of Logical Uncertainty which was presented in the MIRI workshop. I’m gonna reference definitions and results from … Continue reading

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The Metaphor of the Hills

Imagine that one day you’re standing on a very foggy field of grassy hills. It’s so foggy you can’t see even an inch in front of your nose, and what’s worse, you have no GPS or 4G reception. You decide to … Continue reading

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On Magical Universes

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. — Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – 2008) The above quote is quite famous, at least amongst certain types of people. And the core idea is a pretty idealistic and hopeful one: … Continue reading

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