In a message dated 10/24/00 12:15:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< I'm curious actually-- for those who don't believe that one instance of
intelligence is a basis for theorizing about other occurences, do you
believe that two instances woud be? If so, what is the distinction? If
not, is there a point at which we -can- start to theorize about other
Perhaps I am being simplistic but here goes.
1. If I theorize something is possible and can find no instance of it ever
occuring then perhaps my theory is incorrect or perhaps it is only unobserved
2. If I can find one instance of occurance then my theory is possible. I
can speculate on what boundary conditions permitted this and whether or not I
might find other occurances in similar boundary conditions.
3. If I can find two or more instances I can start to refine my theory.
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