RE: Chris McKinstry (1967-2006)

From: pdugan (
Date: Thu Jan 26 2006 - 17:33:00 MST

>From Chris' first online suicide note: "Oh and BTW, the mind is a maximum
hypersurface and thought a trajectory on it and the amygdala and hippocampus
are Hopf maps of it."

Does this sentence contain a pearl that might prove useful to the AGI
community? I think an expoundation from some of more math-savvy members of the
list would be a fitting eulogy.

Also, in my own twisted brain complex, I think its somewhat innovative to take
the deliberation of suicide to the blog format. Its possible Chris is the
first to blog on his own suicide, which would make him quite an innovator in a
macabe poetic sense.

Its a shame, we need as many genuises as we can get.


>===== Original Message From Ben Goertzel <> =====
>I just emailed with Chris about 3 weeks ago and he appeared quite
>excited about his ongoing collaborative work with the MindPixel
>I am reminded of Extropian AI/collaborative-filtering/economic
>theorist Sasha Chislenko's suicide about 6 years ago (though the two
>individuals and their circumstances were very different, of course).
>Any human death is sad, but it makes me particularly sad when an
>interesting mind is eliminated due to unfortunate combinations of
>life-circumstances and emotional neurochemicals. Arrrgghhh...
>-- Ben G
>On 1/26/06, David McFadzean <> wrote:
>> Chris McKinstry of Mindpixel fame committed suicide on Jan 23.

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