Re: Why do we seek to transcend ourselves?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jul 15 2002 - 09:47:02 MDT

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> This is a clearer verbalization, but it doesn't change the fact that this
> only holds within a certain "philosophy of life", not within the philosophy
> of life held by (most) Zen Buddhists or the average American...

If that were true I would be completely uninterested. I didn't say that
I prefer to solve problems with intelligence; I named intelligence as
the only reason problems are solved when problems are solved for any
reason other than simple randomness, and that holds whether or not
people know how to see the forces involved as instances of intelligence.
  If you disagree, I invite you to name a counterexample.

>>"Intelligence is the means by which problems are solved. Whatever you
>>want to do, or whatever you think is worth doing, you can do it more
>>effectively with greater intelligence. Intelligence is an end in itself
>>and a subgoal of everything else. That's why I care."

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

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