Re: Acceptance of death

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Thu Dec 02 2004 - 09:11:29 MST

Hi Martin,

In fact I am a bit annoyed that I wasn't around for such events as the
invention of language, the formation of the Earth from the Sun, and seeing
Hendrix perform live at Berkeley....

The boundedness of my existence in the past sucks almost as badly as the
boundedness of my existence in the future!

However, so far as I can tell, the future-boundedness is easier for me to
cure than the past-boundedness....

Hopefully once we create superhuman AI's they will help us solve the problem
of time-travel and then we'll each be only "as bounded as we wanna be", in
our own (optionally-consensually-shared) multiverses...

-- Ben G

----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Striz" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 9:48 AM
Subject: Re: Acceptance of death

> --- Ben Goertzel <> wrote:
>> Unlike Joel, I'm not ambivalent about whether I die -- I think that if I
>> die, that will SUCK massively.... But in all probability (unless
>> creating a
>> superhuman AI on Earth 5-10 years earlier than would otherwise occur is
>> going to make a cosmic difference) it won't be a tragedy, just one more
>> example of the suckage that pervades the universe (an example of
>> particular
>> importance to me though not to the universe at large)
> Actually, it won't suck because you won't be there to know better. The
> same way
> that the time before you were born doesn't suck, except, unless you think
> you
> missed something, but you DO exist now to ponder it. You won't have that
> opportunity, so it won't matter. Life is fun, and as long as you keep
> living,
> it will be fun. You'll never experience the crappy part of nonexistence.
> Martin Striz
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