Notes from Waking Up #40: Complexity & Stupidity, with David Krakaur and Sam Harris

Definitions

He defines intelligence as doing something efficiently, and stupidity as doing something so inefficiently that it will never work.

How technologies affect our abilities (for better and for worse)

So cognitive artefacts exist on a spectrum: some of them enhance our cognitive abilities, and others assault them.

What unexpected tangential abilities will we lose from employing, or from abandoning, certain technologies?

Other topics: science and culture

“A scientist is someone who believes in the ignorance of experts.” — Richard Feynman.

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