Re: The Meaning That Immortality Gives to Life

From: Bryan Bishop (
Date: Tue Oct 16 2007 - 16:31:48 MDT

On Monday 15 October 2007 23:20, Harry Chesley wrote:
> Perhaps boredom is evolution's way of detecting and avoiding infinite
> loops.
(Is it safe to talk of evolution like that?)

Statistically, the redundant mental cycles hit ups and downs on a graph,
presumably where the more intelligent sophonts (sentients/progs) would
be the ones to 'gravitate' more strongly to the x-axis which for each
mind may or may not have a special offset for their 'normal mode of
operation'. An example of a 'down' period might be a multigenerational
ship passing the void between edges of neighboring galaxies.

Ideally, there is a way to control redundant mental cycles and
perpetually keep us in an "up" or at least climbing a latter and
hitting "save" points to reset the x-axis to the higher points.

Thoughts? I am still interested in coming up with an information
theoretic proof of the (lack of?) inevitability of boredom, i.e. to
show that there is in fact a way to always have something new to work
with for some definition of 'new'. (Some already claim "there is
nothing new under the sun.")

- Bryan

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