What a concept. WHAT a concept. Alert Greg Egan. "Bring up a child in
a virtual reality with different laws!" Do you really think that if one
plus one always equalled three in the virtual environment, the child
would begin thinking in new laws of mathematics that were based on this
basic assumption? Wouldn't he notice that in his own mind, one thought
and one thought equalled two thoughts?
What a concept. I'm reminded of the time that, teaching the Pythagorean
theorem to someone, they asked: "What if c equalled a times b instead
the square root of a squared plus b squared?"
-- sentience@pobox.com Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://tezcat.com/~eliezer/singularity.html http://tezcat.com/~eliezer/algernon.html Disclaimer: Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you everything I think I know.