From: Lee Daniel Crocker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Feb 08 2002 - 12:53:33 MST
> > Ain't that the truth? If magic actually accomplished useful things, it
> > would, of course, be a science that was respected and taught in major
> > university science and engineering departments.
> No, it would be taught if it accomplished useful things in a consistent
> and repeatable manner. Often, extropians are such literalists. Try 10
> different magic experiments 10 times each, if one works once, then it
> did accomplish something although not (as I've said previously) enough
> to base your life around it.
You're invited to my next poker game. If you call a half-pot-size
bet with a 20-to-1 longshot draw, the one time your miracle card
comes you have accomplished something and won a big pot; it's those
other 19 times that you can attribute to blind chance, so the fact
that you'll end up paying my rent just means I'm lucky.
-- Lee Daniel Crocker <email@example.com> <http://www.piclab.com/lee/> "All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past, are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC
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