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    Sean Carroll

    Your English is better than you think. Your concept #2 seems fairly clearly to be a version of interactive dualism, with the "true source" or "unseen structures" being something like the Spiritualist's "subtle body". I disagree that all the data collected (i.e. empirical evidence) endorse your...
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    Towards a Post Physicalist Science

    The youtube link doesn't work. Do you have an alternate?
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    Artificial Intelligence

    That's a good variation on Searle's Chinese Room argument against the possibility of AI achieving actual consciousness or mind through some massive and elaborate scheme of data processing. The Turing test of course isn't really a test for consciousness, so we can't use that. Knowing how the...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    A Feb. 2018 update on current progress toward practical self-driving cars (Autonomous Vehicle Safety Myths And Facts), from Piekniewski's Blog on the limits of deep learning and where to go next with AI. This expert looks at the facts, not all the hype and wishful thinking.
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    Sean Carroll

    Incredible arrogance combined with terminal ignorance. That seems to be common with the leading priests of the religion of scientism.
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    Is Westworld our world?

    This thread has become a brilliant exploration of one of the most profound questions of human existence. On this topic I thought I would repost something I offered for consideration on another forum. It doesn't represent any sort of final conclusion on my part - just some points to consider in...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    It's old news, but for a while the military had a project to develop a tactical robot that could "live off the land" so to speak, by harvesting and consuming "biomass" where it could find it. This robot was providentially given an appropriate acronym, EATR (Energetically Autonomous Tactical...
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    Is Westworld our world?

    This statement stood out at least for me. A sort of moral relativism. I disagree completely. Evil acts are fundamentally, existentially, evil - anywhere and anytime. I think even playing at evil makes one evil at least in some sense. For an extreme example which proves the point, torturing a...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    That's good. It's an example of why natural language conversation is so hard (or impossible) for current AI - the need for, among many other things, a very wide array of associated information that is inherently available to the human speaker. I think that given the effort apparently put into...
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    Artificial Intelligence

    There is now a new Google assistant impersonating a human on the phone. It's scary to me too. Endeavoring to produce exactly perfect impersonations of human beings is a very bad idea. Even not considering the "strong AI" implications of this development, it's still a very bad idea. Apparently...
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    Love Doesn’t Exist

    Only three "likes". I find it discouraging that by implication the majority of the Skeptiko members paying attention to this thread subscribe to the sadly impoverished view of love expressed by TheRaven : "This gave me a good laugh:D I have trouble understanding how love could exists within the...
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    Problems with the Multiverse

    Answer: they both require a great leap of faith - it's just that the theists are more honest about it. Moreover,
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    Physical and mental suffering seem to be inherent facets of human consciousness, and their badness is inherent to our basic nature as humans - what pains us is bad and what gives us pleasure or joy is good. The brute fact of the existence of egregious amounts of innocent human suffering is...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    This seems to be another version of the New Age narrative, that we are here simply for the soul to experience limitation and to remember "who we really are" (a split-off portion of God) while in a very limited and harsh environment with no neural memory of our true nature. The soul doesn't...
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    My Review of "The Myth of an Afterlife"

    You get out of engaging my little thought experiment or extreme example by suggesting that the soul really doesn't have a choice - it's attracted and compelled automatically in some way to "compatible" or even "needed" next physical lives. Maybe so, but there are a lot of channeled and other...
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