Mitchell Porter

Mitchell Porter

  • Commented on Lies, damned lies, and popular beliefs
    Except for an indirect acknowledgement by anonemouse, no-one chided me for saying "dollar" rather than "pound", so I'd better do it. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, I fail at cosmopolitanism....
  • Commented on Lies, damned lies, and popular beliefs
    I find that I don't trust the survey data or the official data. For example, according to the survey details, 1% of respondents think that over 90% of the British population is "black or Asian". And it defies belief that...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    Speaking of continuity errors... are there any glaring continuity errors in our reality?...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    But if you believe in the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics (as Roko and Eliezer do), then there is no single future. You're being simulated by diverse possible future AIs. And in fact Roko's banned post did touch on this...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Here is what he told Roko: "You do not think in sufficient detail about superintelligences considering whether or not to blackmail you. That is the only possible thing which gives them a motive to follow through on the blackmail." These...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Charlie wrote "The screaming vapours over Roko's Basilisk tell us more about the existential outlook of the folks doing the fainting than it does about the deep future." This applies, not just to the people who took it seriously in...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Calling this "extropian" is like confusing the Reformation and the Counter-reformation....
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