From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Sep 27 2002 - 21:50:31 MDT
Damien Broderick wrote:
> I finally read Ted Chiang's Eganesque story `Understanding' (1991) last
> nite; a brain-damaged guy gets a hormone treatment that causes his neurons
> to multiply; he grows smarter.
My guess is that if there's an Algernon's Law effect here (simple
intelligence enhancement procedures, which evolution could easily stumble
across as a natural mutation, probably have some kind of associated
evolutionary disadvantage) it would be that if you multiply neurons in
adulthood, the self-wiring patterns followed by the new neurons end up
interfering with existing memories and skills.
-- Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://intelligence.org/ Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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