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comment by Kirsten (Khorton) · 2018-12-16T22:47:29.592Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

As a Christian, I think these arguments miss the point for a couple reasons, but I have a bigger question: how are you planning to use these arguments? In practice, I usually find people more open to being persuaded if I spend more time trying to understand their concerns, rather than presenting arguments - especially when it comes to family.

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comment by TaylorJns · 2018-12-16T23:59:03.078Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I hope not to cause concern; of course I do not wish to ‘philosophise’ my family into submission, but I simply wish to make the case that my interest in Superintelligence is not misaligned with their values. Of course if you disagree with this I would like to know why?

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comment by Kirsten (Khorton) · 2018-12-17T08:59:57.590Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Honestly, I don't have time to write up my objections to the theology in your post, but I also don't think my objections would be very helpful. Every flavour of Christianity has its own belief system; perfectly adapting your argument to my belief system wouldn't necessarily help convince your family. Why not just talk to your family about their concerns first, and then if you discover something useful, you can post it on the forum to share with others?

Edit: To be clear, I don't think all forms of superintelligence are necessarily anti-Christian, I just object to the theology in this post and think it is better fixed through an in-person conversation. The EA Forum is not the place to go to for theology advice!