April 26, 2013

How much of difficulty coordinating agents is resolved by their sharing values?

February 20, 2013

What are the benefits of being consistent?

Yes, if you are inconsistent you are wrong. But only partly wrong. If you are consistent you could be completely wrong.

August 6, 2012

How useful are good concepts?

How much difference did it make to have the information theoretic concept of information instead of whatever the naive concept is? Was calling a set of things ‘computations’ really so revolutionary? Why?

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August 4, 2012

What balance of pain and pleasure should evolve?

Some say the worst pain is very intense compared to the best pleasure, for evolutionary reasons.

March 14, 2012

What is the relationshp between abstract entities and the stuff we observe?

February 21, 2012

Is the Chinese room conscious?

Why not?

February 13, 2012

Does difficulty in finding a good theory of truth impede building robots?

February 12, 2012

What are the practical uses of research in logic?

February 4, 2012

Why do people who study environmental degradation believe that it’s the greatest threat to the future of humanity, while people who study threats to the future of humanity put it way down the list?

HT Rob Wiblin

February 3, 2012

Why are people so weird about money?

They don’t want to owe it, though they are happy to owe favors or library books. They don’t want anyone to pay for kidneys or sex, though it’s wonderful to receive those things without monetary exchange. They don’t want people to be motivated by it, though they may be driven by desire for respect and other selfish motives. It should be distributed fairly, though nobody wants to redistribute kidneys or family or books or sunshine. You can’t pay friends small amounts to do stuff for you, like your washing up, though you can barter with them. People usually get awkward when it’s time to split the bill, but not when it’s time to split the cake. etc.