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Pop culture is full of surprises

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The basilisk’s ghost

There is a post at Less Wrong today called “Fixing akrasia: damnation to acausal hell”. Akrasia means weakness of will. It’s a recurring theme on Less Wrong – it has its own entry at the LW wiki – for two … Continue reading

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Blessed silence

The RationalWiki page on the basilisk, and the accompanying talk page, last saw action almost a month ago. And I can see no further references to the basilisk on Twitter in that same period.

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The basilisk has escaped into the wild

Just a few weeks ago, the Less Wrong basilisk was still an obscure concept, notable mostly as a mysterious in-joke at the forum where it first briefly saw light. I considered myself to be moving slowly towards a formal refutation … Continue reading

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The two parts of the basilisk

There is an increasingly common account of the basilisk, in which fear of the future AI is supposed to be based on straightforward prediction of the future, plus a little self-referential hocus-pocus. Here is an analogy for this popularized version … Continue reading

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General discussion

Having put all my words back into public view, I don’t know when I’ll get back to this blog. While the official response to the basilisk has been an embarrassing mistake, the idea emerges from an interesting context. I may … Continue reading

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A compilation of comments

For the reader who wishes to understand what this is about, here are all the comments I’ve written about the “basilisk”. Most of them have been “censored”, meaning that they still exist on the site, but the viewing permissions have … Continue reading

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