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Beliefs and Dispositions in Language Models and Ourselves

 When GPT-2 was first released, I began to wonder whether I was something like GPT: Did I contain beliefs and reason over them, or did I, like GPT, just have a disposition to say certain things in a particular situation? Here is a good summary of the two models of the self that I was comparing, at least roughly. If you give GPT a pro-life argument as a prompt, it will continue trying to generate pro-life arguments, and the same for pro-choice arguments. It doesn't believe one way or the other on the issue. On issues no one debates about and no one questions, it might be difficult to get it to generate sensible arguments against those positions, but it will happily attempt it. For example, with the prompt: Despite what many people think, polar bears do not live in the Arctic, but are purely equatorial creatures. They like warm water, and avoid snow and ice.  They can only be found on tropical islands like Hawaii.  GPT-3 generated "Polar bears are also known to enjoy basking in

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