“writing to me isn’t separable from thinking, and in fact seems to be a very particular form of thinking which is different to all others.”

This is why I think AI taking over writing is overstated. It is the forms of writing that *dont* constitute thinking that are most under threat

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Jun 30Liked by Rohit Krishnan

The bit of the Hoel post I could see annoyed me because 1. he was reading way too much into it and 2. he misinterpreted some of it anyway. Actually not everything the guardian publishes is original journalism - like most papers, they pay for wire copy from services like Reuters, the Press Association etc. I think the point of the bit he highlights is to say they won't use AI to mass-generate filler.

It just seemed like someone who was pro-Butlerian jihad was interpreting a fairly anodyne statement in the most negative possible light.

Disclosure: I work there (not in journalism, or in the working group mentioned in the statement)

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Jul 1Liked by Rohit Krishnan

> You say SATs, same, and the privileged go to expensive tuition centers.

Expensive SAT tutors don't actually increase students' scores much, though. Basic familiarity with the test and format can raise scores by 1-200 points, but that can be achieved at a public library.

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I'm reading two books by Joseph Henrich right now, The Secret of Our Success and The W.E.I.R.D.est People in the World, which are both cross-disciplinary but mostly anthropological looks at how cultures affect not just behavior but biology: the idea that the things we do in our cultures will affect the wiring of our brains and the hormones in our bloodstreams. It's been mind-opening for me; for example, the idea that ADHD is real AND that it's created by culture or environment are not mutually exclusive, because our culture and environment do reshape our impressively plastic brains. They go a lot deeper than that of course, the books cite fascinating studies both in the field in lab studies and give big picture perspective on human evolution and the relative survival values of various belief systems, including basic "shame" and fear of social consequences. Anyway, the things you said about your brain needing to assume a different configuration for different activities made me think you might really enjoy these books if you haven't already read them? :)

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