Re: Shermer's Last Law

Date: Sun Dec 23 2001 - 11:01:58 MST noted om dec 23rd, 2001:

<<Here's the first and last law of zenarchy:
Any sufficiently hyper-cognitive complex adaptive system abandons all desire>>

Do You have any evidence of this contention, from a peer-reviewed study? Or
were you just throwing that statement up as hand-waving, merely for the
purpose of sarcastic comparatvity? Saracastic comparativity is just fine, but
sometimes clarification is necessary in the wonderful world of posts.

<<A better quote from Clarke: "Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as
well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am
aware, the nonexistence of Zeus or Thor, but they have few followers now.">>

Hey! That specific quote was in the Shermer article, after all. Now, is
religion an adaptive process also? Is Clarke's religion belief in
zero-point, over-unity engines, which despite his recent statements have not
appeared on the store shelves?

If ETI's existed, and were able to make themselves known to us, then religion
would certainly change, and I guess that one of Shermer's points was that the
space aliens might become the diety or actually be the diety. Weird. And
quite probably useless. Caraumba!

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