Re: Shamanism, faith healers and "plant wisdom"

From: Jeff Medina (
Date: Sat Feb 11 2006 - 15:58:52 MST

On 2/11/06, Shane Legg <> wrote:
> To my surprise some people turned up to defend the idea that
> faith healing is indeed relevant to the singularity. I had expected
> the complete opposite reaction.
> Is there really a sub-group within the singularitarians with this view?

Not "within the Singularitarians", but distinct from the SIAI-breed(s)
there are the fans of Terence McKenna, who used the term 'singularity'
at some point for one of his ideas. I would wager the folks you
encountered are using the term in McKenna's sense, as he was a very
New Agey, LSD-using, soul-believing sort of fellow (or this is my
impression from my limited knowledge of him). There's a blurb on him
at , and a
confused essay that conflates the two notions of singularity is
available at;f=18;t=000002

Perhaps an explicit dissociation from McKenna is in order. I wonder to
what extent people have come upon the SIAI-notion with a prior
knowledge of McKenna, presumed we were followers of his views, and
dismissed us without investigation on that basis.

Jeff Medina
Community Director
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Relationships & Community Fellow
Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies
School of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London

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