Re: Catholics and the Singularity

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jun 30 2002 - 16:08:18 MDT

Of course, Ben, you're asking the question your way rather than my way.

The question I would ask would run as follows:

"Do you believe that an extremely intelligent mind - not necessarily a
human mind - that was just trying to get at the truth, without reference
to either faith on the one hand or prideful denial on the other, would
be able to see that a lot of things asserted by Catholicism are true,
and a lot of things asserted by other belief systems including atheism
are false - enough that if the mind had to pick out which religion was
most likely to be right, it could pick out Catholicism as the most
likely candidate, regardless of whether the mind actually decided to
become a practicing Catholic and so on? Assume that the intelligence
can not only do extremely thorough scans for evidence in the external
world but that it can also look into human minds."

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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