Artificial Philosophy

The primary advantage of western civilization is its celebration of the concept of philosophy set down by Plato.   This concept is that we expose our internally acquired wisdom to our peers who have developed different wisdom while being equally able to participate in society.   The love of wisdom of philosophy refers to a form of love that puts that wisdom on display for others to absorb, and this inherently presents a conflict between different models of wisdom. Machine learning automates the acquisition of privately-held wisdom. The next challenge is artificial philosophy to expose that internal wisdom for public dialog.


Skepticism in age of data

Unlike skepticism of knowledge or of ability to know the truth, the modern skepticism is a skepticism of having enough data.

What makes up the self

Following up on my last post, I am also wondering about where IQ comes from.   As noted there, there seems to be a genetic component to IQ because IQ tends to be stable over an individual’s lifetime, and there seems to be an environmental component since IQ scores have been increasing in recent generations.…

Thoughts about the nature of intelligence

The modern era of machine learning, though, presents us an example where we can begin to suspect a separate level of intelligence, and one that feeds on our intelligence. As we sense this happening, we realize that we’ll get no sympathy from the machine for the exact same reason we don’t recognize naturally occurring intelligence in non-humans.

Thoughts on marriage

I will be a little bold tonight and talk about something that I find scary to talk about: my feelings about marriage.   It might be somewhat prompted by recent debates about defining what relationships qualify as marriage but this post is more personal.   What are my personal thoughts about a marriage that would…