Re: Obsolete Question: "The definition of life and consciousness?"

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 19:50:06 MST

From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>
> JR, This was ver informative! I had a lot of difficulty
> understanding your previous threads about "wrong" or "obsolete"
> questions. But this paper was very good at explaining why some
> meta-questions dissolve into meaninglessness as science discovers the
> answers.

It delights me to learn that you like the Edge "Questions That Have
Disappeared" project. The authors/scientists who contributed have a way of
expressing ideas that evades me. I found out about this project from a
local radio talk show host who mentioned some of the questions. I e-mailed
him (Ken Murray) to ask for the URL of the pages he was quoting on the
air. Somewhat surprised to get a reply from him, I immediately went to the
indicated site, my old familiar, and there they were... all those
questions that have (or ought to have) disappeared. Life has its own way
of being sweet to me.

--J. R.

"I'm interested in becoming a good god, stepping up to the challenge and
responsibility of godhood, without denying or trying to wiggle out of the
fact that we are as gods. If we would acknowledge our god-like powers --
making somethings out of nothings, birthing things that surprise us,
creating forces that will create themselves -- and not back away from
these talents, then I think we could learn to be responsible for them. If
we pretend we are mere modest humans, our unacknowledged powers will
undermine us." --Kevin Kelly <> Editor-At-Large, Wired magazine

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