Re: Useless hypotheses

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Dec 18 2001 - 12:00:04 MST

> I think I will stick to logic, reason, and the
> scientific method to determine whether hypotheses are useful or not.

I find no evidence at all that you stick to logic, or the scientific method in
regard to this issue. Where is the empirical evidence for this mystical entity
that you call "mind"? It sounds more like a religious meme or a belief system,
and is reminiscent of the ghost in the machine. It is equivalent to phlogiston
and vitalism as a useless hypothesis. Thanks but no thanks. I have no use for
such outdated and un-extropic conjecture.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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