Singularity rationality? [Fwd: Re: Synchronicity]

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Sun Jul 15 2001 - 18:50:03 MDT

Forwarded from the extropians list is a little blurb from Samantha...
I am not sure if this is pointed more at people like de Garis who
actually might seem to fit her description, or whether it is targeted
more at SIAI's gameplan.. I hope that is not her view of our plan.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Synchronicity
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2001 14:17:35 -0700
From: Samantha Atkins <>
References: <>

Robin Hanson wrote:
> Believing that what is good for me is good for the world is exactly one
> of those areas where we should expect people to be self-deceived.

Don't all of us here do precisely that? We all believe that
augmenting ourselves and running technology all out to reach the
Singularity is good for us and for the world. We believe it
regardless of what most of the world has to say. We believe it
even though it is a meta-claim not at all verifiable by our
blessed rationality. Actually, some of us seem to believe an
even stranger thing. Some believe that the world and its people
can go jump and are relatively unimportant as long as a
hyper-intelligence is born out of this world. If it turns and
eats us or otherwise destroys us then that is nothing to them.
Now that is a level of belief and of space for self-deception
far beyond what might be involved in noting and being impressed
by synchronicities!

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