RE: The Quest for the Purpose of Life

From: Emlyn O'regan (
Date: Tue Jan 29 2002 - 22:37:09 MST

Yes, that's what I tell my children.

(except for the "mommy" part of course)

> ** The transhumanist answer **
> Mommy, why did that little bird die?
> The bird died because it flew into the window and split its
> head open like
> a rotten tomato.
> Yes but whyyyyyy did it die??
> Most birds do at that point.
> No mommy.. whyyyyy did it have to die.. it was a pretty bird!!
> It didn't have to die... its death was completely pointless.
> Can we make it not dead?
> Not yet, dear. Your mommy is working on it.
> -- -- -- -- --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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