RE: Zen and the Singularity

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Mon Jul 01 2002 - 00:11:26 MDT

At 09:31 PM 6/30/02 -0600, Ben wrote:

>But Damien, following the logic of this tradition, what is going to cause
>the AGI to pay attention to the Scripture any more than to, say, "Philosophy
>in the Bedroom" ? Doesn't the AGI's leap-of-faith to belief in the truth of
>the Scripture require it to possess a soul?

The assumption would be, surely, that the machine mind would read
*everything it could get its little manipulators on*, which would include
Sade, Aquinas and all extant versions of the Bible, the Dow De King, the
oeuvre of Borges, etc etc. Then it would reason its way to the truth of...
oh shit, oops... Scientology.

Damien Broderick

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