RE: The ethics of argument (was: AGI funding)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Nov 10 2002 - 19:43:59 MST

Charles Hixson wrote:
> When I look at it formally, it looks reasonable. When I think over
> possible arguments, it becomes less so. This seems moral to me only if
> you tell them that you are giving them a projection that seems
> conservative to you, and if you ask them about your wilder expectations,
> then admit them. (Probably with a disclaimer that "I didn't want to
> scare you off by coming across as a flake.")

Yes, I agree with this.

In my own case, my wilder expectations are already published in parts of my
book "Creating Internet Intelligence," as well as on my website. They're no

If I become involved in any PR efforts involving "watered down" renditions
of the Singularity, my own more extreme views will be right out there for
the delectation of anyone curious enough to read my books or website.

-- Ben G

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