From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 31 2000 - 16:08:43 MST
> Frum Sci-Fi fans?
(And the Moderator saith: "THOU SHALT NOT QUOTE THE ENTIRE MESSAGE.")
Yes, my parents are observant Orthodox Jewish sci-fi fans, who know that the
Earth is 4.55 gigayears old and that human biology is the result of evolution,
and who see no logical conflict between this and the Old Testament, which they
believe to be literally and factually true. To say that "they just don't
think about it" would be understating the complexity of the issue; it would be
a better approximation to say that they focus on surface inconsistencies and
resolve them using various sleights-of-hand, and that this appearance of
activity substitutes for dealing with the fundamental inconsistency and
creates a plausible illusion that all issues have been resolved.
Incidentally, this describes people other than my parents.
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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://intelligence.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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