Paper of the week: Pennachin & Goertzel, “Contemporary Approaches to Artificial General Intelligence”
Ontology for AI programmers: here is a diagram that shows a selection of the ontological categories used by OpenCyc, which is itself a subset of the largest extant collection of common sense knowledge statements in the world, Cyc.
A post I wrote on Less Wrong: Plant Seeds of Rationality.
Here are my own picks for the 2011 Oscars.
I wrote some advice on how to write a good philosophy paper.
I made a graphical overview of meta-ethics.
I love it when Noam Chomsky lays the smackdown… with facts.
The other paper of the week: Bostrom, “Pascal’s Mugging” (this one is extremely short and easy to read; it’s a dialogue)
Bradley Manning’s legal letter complaining of mistreatment.
- 14 wild ideas, 5 of which are true.
- A really excellent podcast episode on Julian Assange’s cutting-edge political philosophy.
- Maybe this is why our kids can’t learn well in school: 25% of them are in poverty. At least the bankers are okay.
- A new interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky.
- A great physics FAQ.
- Today I learned of Masdar City, a 100% green planned city in UAE.
- Top 20 Bible Passages to Use Against Fundamentalists.
- How can we reduce the risk of human extinction?
- The best invasion in world history.
- Beating Super Mario 64 without using the ‘jump’ button.
- Dan Savage, the brilliant and foul-mouthed sex columnist, has become one of the most important ethicists in America.
- ‘Anonymous’ declares war on U.S. gov. in response to their treatment of Wikileaks and Bradley Manning.
- Anteater to lay off the fire ants for a while.
- New blog and book: Reasonable Atheism.
- Okay so I finally decided to look up why everyone is talking about Charlie Sheen. This shit is hilarious.
- Why would otherwise intelligent scholars believe in religion?
- How the human penis lost its spines.
- Ronald Reagan: “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.” (video)