Re: Michael Anissimov's 'Shock Level Analysis'

From: Brian Phillips (
Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 13:01:53 MST

Jeff Bone wrote
<Grounding in cogsci isn't the only rational basis for a belief in near-term
Singularity; indeed, the majority of Singularity-believers out there
believe in
a rather architectural sort of takeoff, driven not by modeling intelligence
the abstract but rather human brain architecture in its specifics. (The
that this is the majority point of view doesn't make it right, of course.)
the folks that believe this, Singularity becomes an emergent property of
expected technological trends; all you need is a working understanding of
trends in order to rationally believe it will happen and even handicap the
on when it might happen.>

Ah. My background is behavioural, self-analysis is traditional. I
would prefer a Penrose Universe, where sentience is not
computable. (I am still trying to crack into an understanding
of how he takes Godel and goes here). It's not especially
rational but still...
  Because I have affective issues (and there's no kinder word for it)
with Eli's theories I am forced to try and understand that which scares
 me. And regardless of the hardware surplus.. software is the issue.
Which means study the cogsci if SL4 scares you into wanting to
believe Eli is full of bs. Truth demands no less.



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