**From:** xgl (*xli03@emory.edu*)

**Date:** Thu Nov 23 2000 - 00:31:55 MST

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okay, let me get this straight. if by enlightenment we mean (very

roughly) understanding of self and by intelligence we mean (again, very

roughly) understanding of reality apart from self, then this seems to make

sense. since one can not observe all parts of oneself all the time (the

observed and the observer must be separate), one may always be able to

achieve greater self-understanding by devoting more computational

resources to observing oneself (though intuitively there's probably a

margin of diminishing returns looming over the horizon). in other words,

there's always an "unseen self" that can not be eliminated; furthermore,

this unseen self could potentially be a black hole into which the

individual devotes more and more computational resources, attempting to

observe verself more completely.

but this sounds like another way of saying that omniscience is

impossible ... which, on this list, is surely not in dispute.

-x

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