Re: Genetically Modifying other Mammals to be as Smart as Us

From: Phillip Huggan (
Date: Fri Feb 03 2006 - 11:02:54 MST

Yes, that Lamarckian fitness peak in the presence of advanced engineering technologies will surely result in the extinction of all intelligences. Maybe we should use our faculties of reason and compassion to override these evolutionary processes and alter our environments or the ethical inclinations of our brains, so it isn't the end of the world, galaxy or local light-cone volume.

George Dvorsky <> wrote:
  Speculation about the potential differences between augmented humans and
non-human animals is moot. Uplifted intelligences, whether they are
descended from humans, animals, or rocks, will, in a Lamarckian process,
rapidly accelerate towards a common fitness peak. Post-biological
intelligences may retain vestiges of their pre-post-biological brain
(much like we still retain the reptilian part of our brain), but that
will ultimately be of no real consequence as all advanced intelligences
will gravitate towards roughly the same mode of cognitive being.

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