Re: Eurisko and Paranoia TV

From: Jim Fehlinger (
Date: Sun Mar 11 2001 - 12:28:22 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
> Jim Fehlinger wrote:
> > My friend Joe Fineman used to have a color
> > picture of the young Hofstadter ...which I
> > can still see in my *mind's eye.*
> Excellent choice of words.

The pun was entirely unconscious (yes, I can
be that dense!)

> > I'm a fake, a total fraud!! ;->
> So get real. There is time. You can still be saved,
> if you repent now, and spend time with these revered
> holy books. Get Broderick's The Spike and Ed Regis'
> Nano while you are in a mood to tear open your mind
> to the stunning wonders all around us.

I have read Damien's _The Spike_ (ordered it several
years ago from an Austrialian on-line bookstore,
in fact). Both _Nano_ and _Great Mambo Chicken_
are sitting on my shelves, but I haven't done much
more than browse in them. Apart from _The Spike_, the
only ultratech/Singularity books I've read through have
been Moravec's _Mind Children_ (back in '88),
_Beyond Humanity: CyberEvolution and Future Minds_
by Gregory S. Paul and Earl D. Cox (Charles River
Media, 1996), and the '98 Moravec and '99 Kurzweil
books. Still, my mind hasn't exactly been closed
(or I wouldn't be here, would I?). Nevertheless, I
suppose I really should force myself to overcome my
Hofstadter-phobia, whatever its source. If I start
reading and find the author's voice congenial, the rest
will take care of itself. I've never been terribly
methodical or systematic about my reading, though --
never thought I had any reason to be.

Jim F.

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