Re: Wilson's mental hierarchy

Paul Hughes (
Fri, 11 Dec 1998 23:59:04 -0800

Damien Broderick wrote:

> This, then, and no more (I do one apology per topic per person wounded, and
> thereafter start to snarl in earnest).
> What you wrote in response to my complaint about the gibberish was this:
> < Perhaps you should clarify why this is exactly gibberish. >
> >Needless to say, I'm now reluctantly ambivalent about certain list members
> >credibility.

Computer: Pop!

Paul: What's that sound I hear?

Computer: Activating bogosity filter.

Paul: But why? Damien Broderick is twice my age and probably smarter, as well as a published sci-fi author. He's respected highly within this community that I have come to associate.

Computer: You programmed me to be impartial and filter for excessively opinionated information.

Paul: But I'm not so sure this is the case.

Computer: I'm simply following my programming instructions.

Paul: But it could take weeks for me to re-program your bogosity filter, if you turn out to be wrong.

Computer: I'm a pre-programmed computer. Bogosity Filter ON.

And suddenly, with little warning Paul found a sudden disappearance of any incoming e-mail from Eliezer or Damien.