Re: >Boredom of Immortality (was Re: imaging the world)

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Mar 07 2000 - 14:58:44 MST

>Far be it from little old me to dispute an icon like Mr. Minsky, but
>importance is largely subjective. What is important to Marvin, may be
>trivial for me and vice versa. I do agree that it is impractical to
>postpone one's "search and practice for Enlightenment" until the ultimate
>questions have been answered. But that is not what I was suggesting in the
>first place. I merely said that, for me, boredom will not set in until all
>the questions have been answered. But my "search and practice for
>Enlightenment" is vigorously being pursued on a daily basis.

Actually, that was Minsky quoting Siddhartha Gautama
(quite a psychonomer in his own right).
The only important opinions are handed down by courts with armed
marshals. So, obviously, this is just for fun. A creative mind never gets bored,
except when stressed-out from generating self-important opinions. A
sophisticated, intelligent, central nervous system that doesn't function via
limbic inputs or hypothalamus actions would require an enormous amount of work
to build, as those who work day and night to build such an entity must know. Do
our minds become less stressed-out and given to boredom when we turn off our
limbic inputs or hypothalamus actions?

Where does stress and boredom go when we awaken to the immensity of
consciousness beyond the particular?


--J. R.

"Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science,
for its part, will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition
and in time uncover the bedrock of moral and religious sentiments."
--E. O. Wilson

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