Re: [sl4] Re: goals of AI

From: John K Clark (
Date: Tue Dec 01 2009 - 10:03:26 MST

On Tue, 1 Dec 2009 "Matt Paul" <> said:

> How is it that you know for sure that chemicals in the body don't
> carry information in other ways other than the obvious?

You have no evidence that it does and no plausible mechanism on how it
could possibly work; every time a scientist goes down a blind alley like
that is time he is not doing something else, like real science. If you
start off assuming that anything is possible and all ideas are equally
worthy of study you will discover nothing new. Imagine if a physicist
was trying to solve a problem but decided not to use the law of
conservation of momentum or electrical charge because maybe those laws
will be violated this time. It's the road to nowhere.

> > > what is imagination?

> > Thinking of alternatives.

> What defines a possible alternative?

Define define.

 John K Clark

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