Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Thu Jan 01 2004 - 10:20:20 MST

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On Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at 08:43 PM, Tommy McCabe wrote:
[ about intelligence ]
>> Why should we be nearly at the limit? What a
>> conincidence, that the very first species to hit
>> general intelligence would also be nearly at the limit
>> of the architecture they run on.

There are lots of coincidences associated with being
the first species of persons in our past lightcone,
anyway, why would this seem more odd?

If the limit really is just at the upper end of the
human spectrum, then it would follow that any mammal
brain which achieved human intelligence would be very
near or at the limit for similar structures. Given
this, it would seem that your question boils down to
"why should the limit be so low?", but if it is, the
question may not have an answer other than "it's a
consequence of physical law".

One problem here is that I don't know enough to have
this argument, by a long, long way. I've already
presented my (relatively tenuous) evidence for this,
but I'll recap it here for clarity: humans who are
highly intelligent seem to have a higher incidence
of mental disorder (i.e., insanity).

Randall Randall

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