On Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 08:03:31AM -0600, Jason Resch wrote:
> Russell,
> Thanks for your answer. But I am having trouble seeing the link
> between doing something stupid and randomness. Are you implying
> randomness is necessary for stupidity or making errors?

How do you choose an irrational action except by reference to
something random or pseudo-random?

There is a special case where binary choices are involved of being
antirational, ie always choosing the opposite of what a rational
player would do. But the antirational strategy has no evolutionary
advantage, nor is it free.

> >
> >
> >But in any case, we do not live in a deterministic world (its true
> >that we live in a deterministic multiverse, but the individual worlds
> >are not), so we have genuine randomness to exploit for free will,
> >creativity and so on.
> Could an uploaded brain running on a deterministic computer act
> irrationally or creatively? (assuming it's entire source code was
> open source and it had no access to enviromental randomness)

As mentioned in previous post by a number of people, it is entirely
possible for deterministic processes to be irrational.

Re the creativity question - it is still an open problem, ISTM. 


Prof Russell Standish                  Phone 0425 253119 (mobile)
Principal, High Performance Coders
Visiting Professor of Mathematics      hpco...@hpcoders.com.au
University of New South Wales          http://www.hpcoders.com.au

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