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    I can outrun a cheetah, and that's why humans are smarter than AI A cheetah can run at burst speeds of up to 75mph. That's a truly astounding feat of nature. But I can run even faster than that. How, you ask? Why simple, I simply get into my car, turn the key and press the accelerator. In fact, almost any of us can outrun a cheetah in this way. OK, OK, the title is clickbait. You caught me dead to rights. I can't actually out run a cheetah in the physics sense of moving my legs to cause myself to traverse the ground at a faster rate than a cheetah. But I can absolutely move faster than a cheetah and the reason I can move faster than a cheetah is because I can build a vehicle that would enable me to move faster than the cheetah. I couldn't build an entire car from raw materials, like Crusoe stranded on an island but, with a fairly minimal set of starting tools and equipment, I could assemble a vehicle that would enable me to do that. Or, I could build an aeroplane that would allow me to fly higher than an eagle. Or a diving bell that would allow to dive deeper than a salmon. And so on, and so forth. The point is that my mind enables me to do things that exceed the capabilities of animals who have purpose-built physiology. And my mind enables me to do that for any (or all) the particular excellencies of each of these creatures. The point of this post is this: the generality of humans in respect to our natural environment is strongly parallel to the generality of the human mind in respect to the AI systems, certainly the current generation of AI systems. The cheetah does not stand a chance of beating me in a race once I have acquired the proper equipment. In like manner, human+computing-device will always defeat any species of AI. For some time, chess was held up as an example of a space where machines have so thoroughly beaten humans as to have nothing further to add to the game. Over time, however, this apparently hopeless situation has begun to thaw, and humans have discovered ways to stymie even the strongest machines. In addition, using machines to assist with analysis, humans have greatly increased our insight into the game and many of the strongest human chess players today are stronger than DeepBlue, the machine that first defeated Kasparov. Just as it is pointless to have a pulling contest of a human against a diesel tractor, so it's pointless to pit the human brain against computing systems that can drink megawatts of electricity, and for very similar reasons. In the end, competitive thinking (as in games, computational challenges, etc.) is ultimately a question of energy-usage. Whoever has the most energy (and can burn it most quickly in useful compute) wins the drag-race. Sadly, most discussion of "intelligence" out there completely overlooks this fact. This is the real reason I can "outrun" a cheetah. I have gasoline and a vehicle for burning it to generate energy for forward motion -- the cheetah does not. Computation is not as different from this situation as most people tend to think. In the limit, it's just a question of FLOPS, and how efficiently those FLOPS are organized to the goal.
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    For those who are curious about how Christian theology informs this debate: Ironically, Doug Wilson considers the label "libertarian" to be radioactive poison. But I think Wilson's aversion is really to the uppercase-L Libertarians who are really crypto-Marxists that have infested and taken over the party, which McArdle has worked to take back. When it is understood that the purpose of the Gospel is to be free (Galatians 5:1), it is easy to see how (small-l, classical) libertarianism and Christianity overlap, in fact, the one directly follows from the other. And note that "free", here, doesn't mean free-to-be-perverts-and-idlers but, rather, free-to-rule-the-earthly-creation-as-God's-delegates (Galatians 5:1b (second half of the verse), Genesis 1:26-28). So, we need to build a bridge between the Kuyperian theological framework, on the one hand, and the McArdle-ite vision for a libertarian party that is about Liberty, capital-L, just as America was founded to be. "Land of the Free" is just an empty slogan in 2024, it refers to no actual people, places or conditions in modern America. You can have all the moral and doctrinal reformation of America that can be imagined but if, at the end of all of that, we are not free, it will have been a total waste of time, and nothing will come of it: Gal. 5:1, John 10:10, 1Co 7:22, 8:9, 9:19, 10:28-32,, 1Pe 2:16, 2Co 3:17, 2Pe 2:19, Col 1:13, 2:20, Gal 2:4,5, 3:13, 4:3-5,22-26,30,31, Heb 2:15, Isa 42:6,7, 61:1, Jde 1:4, Joh 8:32,34,36, Lev 25:10-17, Luk 4:18, Psa 116:16, 119:45, Rom 14, 6:7,20, 7:6, 8:2,15, Deu 5:6,6:12, 7:8, Exo 5:1, 7:16, 8:1,20,21, 9:1,13, 10:3, 13:3,14, 20:2, Jer 34:13, Jos 24:17, Jud 6:8, Mic 6:4 and many others! The Gospel is ABOUT Freedom and it is FOR Freedom! The whole point is to escape slavery! Hebrews 2:14,15!
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    McArdle does a post-debate review: I agree. To put more meat on the bone, when we're making laws (that's implicit within the debate topic since libertarianism is ultimately a political position), we have to make laws regarding the public space which everyone is permitted to lawfully pass through. That includes Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and even atheists. You are allowed to be any of those things, in the public space, so long as you conform with the rules of the public space. Christian DCT is not always suitable for direct use in forming the rules of the public space. It might be suitable in certain circumstances. For instance, since everyone already agrees that murder is wrong and must not be permitted, so no one is going to object to the DCT argument, since that's just how you personally arrive at the common conclusion that everybody already agrees upon. The problems arise with edge-cases. In those cases, we need something more like a "DCT theory of civil laws for the public space". We don't have to have agreement from others on DCT itself. Rather, we only need agreement on the conclusions reached from DCT. And to achieve this, we're going to have to explicate the basis on which we (mere humans) can rightly demand compliance (via law) from other humans. And that common basis is really just property rights.
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    SOMEONE FINALLY SAID IT: ChatGPT is Bullshit Reproduced here:
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    Duh.
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    Clown World, you funny:
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    Truth is coming out. The guy even looks like a commie. How much clearer does this all have to be made? Link 1801610725229498403
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    So, what you're saying is that there was no America before 1913? :tears:
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    Because we know the locations of all of Russia's subs :rolleyes:
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