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The Robot's Rebellion by Keith E. Stanovich by Keith E. Stanovich

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

One reason its assimilation has been delayed is that even those who purport to believe in evolution by natural selection have underestimated how much of a conceptual revolution is entailed by a true acceptance of the implications of universal Darwinism. Noticing that homo sapiens is the only animal who would doubt and behave against their generic goals. I suggest they recognize a competing form of fundamentalism, with a Universal God replaced by Universal Darwinism. As Gould constantly reminds us, we are a contingent fact of history, and things could have ended up otherwise—that is, some other organism could have become the dominating influence on the planet. He shows how concepts of rational thinking from cognitive science interact with the logic of evolution to create opportunities for humans to structure their behavior to serve their own ends. These concepts will not necessarily be reduced in the manner Shaw suggests, but radical restructuring will be required—a reconstruction I will at least begin to sketch in this book.

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The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

The quality of writing, reasoning and peer reference is excellent, although the book might appear a bit too An incredibly complex and truly contemporary endeavor to analyze the self, cognition and human rationality. Attack of the memes: the second replicator ; Rationality, science, and meme evaluation ; Reflectively acquired memes: the Neurathian Project of meme evaluation ; Personal autonomy and reflectively acquired memes ; Which memes are good for us? Who else, one may wonder, might benefit from our cognition?. The author never uses one word where several will do and those will certainly not be in use on a daily basis. Copyright notice: Excerpt from pages 4-11 of The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin by Keith E. These evaluative activities of the brain, he argues, fulfill the need that we have to ascribe significance to human life.

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The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin by Keith E. Stanovich

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

Following a logic as simple as the simplest of computer programs replicate those entities that survive a selection process , natural selection algorithmically—mechanically and mindlessly—builds structures as complex as the human brain see Dawkins 1986, 1996. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment. Abstract: What kind of robot is a person? Therefore, if we don't think through our lives, we are living simply generic goals. We are a random outcome of a process that is mechanical, mindless and purposeless, nothing but a gene copying robot. In short, it is the middle-of-the-road believers—the adherents of so-called liberal religions—who have it wrong. Yet it is quite probable that she bears not a single one of the old king's genes. Modern society as a sodium vapor lamp ; Throwing out the vehicle with the bathwater ; What follows from the fact that Mother Nature isn't nice -- Dysrationalia: Why so many smart people do so many dumb things.

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The robot's rebellion : finding meaning in the age of Darwin (eBook, 2004) [textresponse.net]

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

These evaluative activities of the brain, he argues, fulfill the need that we have to ascribe significance to human life. The story goes something like this. We are framed as automatons following their programming to ultimately stay alive and reproduce, which doesn't necessarily involve us finding happiness. This is an important book that integrates evolutionary psychology with behavioral economics and modern motivation theory and several other disciplines. But what they lack in intelligence, they make up for in their astounding efficiency. Read this book to gain insight into how our mind works.

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The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

We have—living as we do in a scientific society—no choice but to accept Darwin's insights because there is no way we can enjoy the products of science without accepting the destabilizing views of humans in the universe that science brings in its wake. We have no proof of it being the case but the hypothesis is very interesting. I love the idea of selfish genes. Because ideas memes are replicated when shared between people, and only some survive, evolutionary theory is said to apply. There is a lot of good insight into why our built-in instincts conflict with the needs of an advanced society. Stanovich believes that 150 years on, the Age of Darwin is only just beginning, as people start to come to terms with the frightening implications of evolutionary theory.

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The robot's rebellion : finding meaning in the age of Darwin (eBook, 2004) [textresponse.net]

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

I completely agree that the term interactor is more apt in this strict sense, but I will continue to use the term vehicle here because it conveys the disturbing logic by which evolutionary theory inverts our view of the world by deflating the special position of humans within it. Richard Dawkins, for example, jolted us into realizing that we are just survival mechanisms for our own genes, sophisticated robots in service of huge colonies of replicators to whom concepts of rationality, intelligence, agency, and even the human soul are irrelevant. And any preferences we have are due to our genes or environments. He shows how concepts of rational thinking from cognitive science interact with the logic of evolution to create opportunities for humans to structure their behavior to serve their own ends. It is central to his view of rationality that people must understand their evolutionary history, their status as vehicles of their genes and the cognitive architecture of their brains. The arguments are weak, but some of them make very interesting though experiments. Goes on way to long.

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The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin by Keith E. Stanovich

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

It's such a shame, because I think if the book were more approachable it could potentially really get the wider culture t This is one of those books that I wish half stars existed for. Everyone needs to read this. Read like a long Eliezer post. This is one of those books that I wish half stars existed for. Instead, we need to get clear that humans are here because constructing vehicles of which there are thousands of different types in the plant and animal worlds—humans are just one type served the reproductive goals of the replicators. Stanovich has of course already done research of the highest value in cognitive psychology.

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The robot's rebellion : finding meaning in the age of Darwin

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

This is because the only escape route from the untoward implications of Darwinism is through science itself—by adopting an unflinching view about what the theory of natural selection means. Despite the efforts of Gould to correct this misconception, it persists. Are Memes just another Meme? Richard Dawkins, for example, jolted us into realizing that we are just survival mechanisms for our own genes, sophisticated robots in service of huge colonies of replicators to whom concepts of rationality, intelligence, agency, and even the human soul are irrelevant. These evaluative activities of the brain, he argues, fulfill the need that we have to ascribe significance to human life. He shows how concepts of rational thinking from cognitive science interact with the logic of evolution to create opportunities for humans to structure their behavior to serve their own ends. But we are trying to stay healthier and live longer which is not generic goals.

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The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

They are primary, we as people are secondary. He is the author of over 200 scientific articles and seven books. I only read the first few chapters, it was quite preachy. The book then goes on to explain the numerous competing sub personal entities that create a competitive dual processing system, positing ways in which we can become more autonomous and free ourselves from the invasive presence of these selfish replicators. Stanovich joins Dennett and others in thinking that nothing like a traditional concept of the self is salvageable in the face of modern science, and that we have no option of ignoring or bracketing off those uncomfortable truths. The idea that we might be robots is no longer the stuff of science fiction; decades of research in evolutionary biology and cognitive science have led many esteemed scientists to the conclusion that, according to the precepts of universal Darwinism, humans are merely the hosts for two replicators genes and memes that have no interest in us except as conduits for replication. But wow, that was much much harder than it should have been.

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The Robot's Rebellion by Keith E. Stanovich by Keith E. Stanovich

the robots rebellion finding meaning in the age of darwin

Indeed, I do not think that beauty and intelligence are reduced in the Darwinian view, and I will explain why in chapter 8. Evolutionary theory is a physical description of the development of life. Only if we are able to hold on to these alternative insights and appreciate how disturbing they are will we be motivated to undertake the cognitive reform efforts that I advocate in this book. They are in you and in me; they created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. This is a fascinating, complicated and wonderful book it would also probably be a very trying book for the religious reader. The book then goes on to explain the numerous competing sub personal entities that create a competitive dual processing system, positing ways in which we can become more autonomous and free ourselves from the invasive presence of these selfish replicators.

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