[ExI] ai doorbell

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 27 18:26:19 UTC 2021

The answer to both of our questions is that a complete study of the
cognitive errors may show that each error is, in fact, an extension of a
brain function that is logical and necessary.

Take overgeneralization which I talk about a lot.  We cannot exist without
generalization, and overgeneralization will happen just as would any
behavior that is not highly fixed in nature, such as an instinct.
Variation in generalization will produce overgeneralization - it can't be
helped, I think.  A college football player said this morning that he
despises the other team.  In fact, the other team might contain players
that he played with in high school and were friends with.  OG.  Perhaps
spurred by strong emotions, which we already know flattens the
generalization gradient..

You are, of course, right that education has to occur, and early.  We have
no other way of combatting these errors. For now.   bill w

On Sat, Nov 27, 2021 at 10:25 AM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> *…*> *On Behalf Of *William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat
> *Subject:* Re: [ExI] ai doorbell
> >>… if we can figure out a way to educate the superstition out of most of
> them. spike
> >…I don't know if that is even possible.  Obviously our brains accept
> false correlations as well as true ones, so we are fighting basic processes
> of our minds.  All those cognitive errors we keep talking about are built
> in.  I can't see our acquiring them as learning.  Does anyone think they
> are learned?  Our brains have worked well enough to get us here and
> thriving as a species and you can't blame Mother Nature for not making
> everything perfect.  Evolution did its job, though much of the way our
> minds work is regrettable and could be designed much better.  bill w
> It is one step more subtle than that Billw.  Our acceptance of
> superstition is built in, a phenomenon for which I use a term I already
> know you dislike: instinct.  Our instinct steers us wrong (as it does with
> so many things) in this case.  Accepting superstition is built in, but
> overcoming it is a learned behavior.
> One of our biggest challenges is that built in behaviors are low effort
> and replicate easier than learned behaviors.  Soon the superstitious
> elements outnumber and outvote the learned behaviors.
> spike
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