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Non-instrumental belief is largely founded on singularity1

  • George Ainslie (a1)


The radical evolutionary step that divides human decision-making from that of nonhumans is the ability to excite the reward process for its own sake, in imagination. Combined with hyperbolic over-valuation of the present, this ability is a potential threat to both the individual's long term survival and the natural selection of high intelligence. Human belief is intrinsically “unfounded” or under-founded, which may or may not be adaptive.



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Non-instrumental belief is largely founded on singularity1

  • George Ainslie (a1)


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