Re: One Unity, Different Ideologies, all in the same universe

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Wed Dec 26 2001 - 18:57:22 MST

From: "Anders Sandberg" <>
> Polycentric systems seem to me a much better solution than hierarchical
> ones. There may be some internal conflicts and lapses, but there is
> little risk of the top level forcing all other levels into a suboptimal
> solution.

The concept of "suboptimal" is itself hierarchical. The most optimal systems
are at the top of the optimized pyramid, while the more numerous and less
optimal systems are closer to the bottom of the optimal pyramid.

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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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