Re: Paradox--was Re: Active shields, was Re: Criticism depth, was Re: Homework, Nuke, etc..

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Fri Jan 12 2001 - 04:59:47 MST

Actually, yes I do. Sometimes that's *why* I pour boiling water "down
the ploog". Go figure. We are in agreement that if we don't matter to a
SI, the SI will treat us as if we don't matter. QE freaking D again.

I don't exactly disagree with you, BTW; I can imagine a SI that is not
compassionate. I am not completely sure it is inevitable; there is some
work on "sanity" that I've heard of that has "satiability" as one of its
characteristics--if you get enough of what you say you want, you calm
down and can be generous/beneficient.

Bacteria are notoriously insatiable unless they are part of a complex
ecosystem (a plaque or film)--then they turn out to act commensally.
There's a lesson here somewhere.

Just trying to keep the thinking channels open.


John Marlow wrote:
> Tell me--when you turn on the hot-water faucet, do you
> think about the bacteria in the drain being scalded to
> death?

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