Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Wei Dai (
Date: Wed Dec 31 2003 - 21:46:13 MST

On Wed, Dec 31, 2003 at 08:52:12PM -0500, Ben Goertzel wrote:
> William Calvin made a decent argument, in The Ascent of Mind, that human
> brain size was limited during evolution by the size of the human female
> vagina. In short, our heads couldn't be any bigger or they wouldn't fit out
> the birth canal; and, there were good evolutionary reasons why it was hard
> for the vaginal canal to get much wider.

I recently speculated in another mailing list that intelligence may also
have a social cost, which can help explain why we aren't smarter. See for
more details and discussion.

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