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1.1. Irrational Cruel Robots
In this wiki I have argued that we are irrational, cruel robots:
- Irrational, we love our narratives, facts and data don't matter. See 1.1.2.-Narrative-fallacy
- We can be persuaded to be cruel by authority figures. see 1.1.3.-Why-we-need-two-conflicting-authorities
- Robot, See 1.1.1.-Robot's Rebellion
So before working on this project, I was an irrational, cruel robot. While working on this project I learned how we could be less cruel, less irrational, and less of a robot. After working on this project, we will still be irrational, cruel robots. Welcome to the Human Condition.
Note: this story parallels:
- a famous Zen story about chopping wood and carrying water,
- Bertrand Russel's quote about naive realism and Spinoza's quote about the sun being 200 feet away.
This knowledge should allow us to be less robotic (information independent of our genes and memes), less irrational (focused on data not narrative) and less cruel (by providing a second authority). What could be a more realistically optimistic approach to the human dilemma?