Re: Fwd: We Can Understand Anything, But are Just a Bit Slow

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Wed Apr 05 2006 - 13:13:15 MDT

On 4/5/06, Philip Goetz <> wrote:
> Let me rephrase: The perceived difference between humans of low
> intelligence and education, and humans of high intelligence and
> education, can be used as a lower bound on the difference between
> humans, and these hypothetical superintelligent species.

Not necessarily. Perhaps there's a threshold of intelligence required to
understand this universe, such that human intelligence spans that threshold
(and once you get above it, it's quantitative rather than qualitative from
then on, at least as far as activity within this universe rather than in the
Land of Infinite Fun goes); one could argue that this is not a priori
improbable, even.

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