So here's something that's popped in my mind a few times. I was reminded the other day when my MIL, a pre-school teacher, was commenting on a 3yo and casually mentioned how that was the age of the "affirmation of the self". I wonder if we know enough about how the self develops in young children to maybe do some analogy with stages or whatever.

It would also be interesting to see a good effort aimed at falsifying the EToC. Maybe a bunch of claims could have consequences for how we expect the evolution of AI to go?

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Aug 21Liked by Andrew Cutler

re: big 5 and pfp

Something I’ve been thinking about from the methodology of reconstructing personality traits from word vectors is that it, at least in retrospect, makes sense that you would recover mostly “follows golden rule” from casual speech, as “can you trust this person” is a very large fraction of what any human cares about when interacting with another. I only really discuss personality as such when trying to introduce my friends to people I would think they like, but normatively it seems like we just say “yeah he’s a good guy/kid” when discussing a stranger. It’s been a while since I read the posts and I’m not sure if the surveys were designed to control for this effect or not

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Interesting stuff! Quick question, when you write:

>The New Testament rewrites this story and answers what to do about it. EToC holds that the creation story in Genesis is a real memory of events 10,000 years ago. From there, it stands to reason that the New Testament writers 1,000 years later...

Is this timeline correct, are you saying the New Testament was started 9,000 years ago? Or is this a typo?

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I really need to find the time to dig further back into your archives...

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