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== Rationalism ==
 
== Rationalism ==
 
The movement has been criticized as overemphasizing [[Induction|inductive reasoning]] over [[empiricism]],<ref>https://the-orbit.net/almostdiamonds/2014/11/24/why-i-am-not-a-rationalist/</ref> a criticism that has been refuted by [[Scott Alexander]].<ref>http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/11/27/why-i-am-not-rene-descartes/</ref>
 
The movement has been criticized as overemphasizing [[Induction|inductive reasoning]] over [[empiricism]],<ref>https://the-orbit.net/almostdiamonds/2014/11/24/why-i-am-not-a-rationalist/</ref> a criticism that has been refuted by [[Scott Alexander]].<ref>http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/11/27/why-i-am-not-rene-descartes/</ref>
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== Roko's basilisk ==
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''Main: [[Roko's basilisk]]''
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The [[Roko's basilisk]] thought experiment was notorious in that it required specific preconditions available nearly exclusively within the Less Wrong community that rendered the the reader vulnerable to this 'memetic hazard'. As such it has drawn derision from critics who feel perception risk from unfriendly AI is overstated within the community.<ref>http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roko's_basilisk</ref>
  
 
== Transhumanism ==
 
== Transhumanism ==

Revision as of 04:40, 18 April 2017

Criticisms of the rationalist movement and Less Wrong have existed for most of its duration on various grounds.

Rationalism

The movement has been criticized as overemphasizing inductive reasoning over empiricism,[1] a criticism that has been refuted by Scott Alexander.[2]

Roko's basilisk

Main: Roko's basilisk

The Roko's basilisk thought experiment was notorious in that it required specific preconditions available nearly exclusively within the Less Wrong community that rendered the the reader vulnerable to this 'memetic hazard'. As such it has drawn derision from critics who feel perception risk from unfriendly AI is overstated within the community.[3]

Transhumanism

Less Wrong's community was partially founded by soliciting users from the transhumanist SL4 mailing list and Eliezer Yudkowsky is himself a prominent transhumanist.

As such, the fringe nature of transhumanist ideas such as cryonics, AI and such has met with continued scorn from the sceptics based at RationalWiki.[4]

See also

References