[ExI] ai doorbell

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 28 01:35:05 UTC 2021

How many ways are there to say something is innate in some fashion?  A
reflex, instinct, largely genetic behavior (including behavior of the
brain), innate tendency,and so on.

Why use 'instinct'?  You are using it in ways very different from what
biologists use it for, which is complex, rigid external behaviors (geese
following a person).

I can accept anything, whether I like it or not.  I just want to know how
you are using the term.  You didn't get it from biology or psychology.

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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