Re: ART: Art and the Extropian Condition

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Thu, 16 Jan 1997 19:29:55 -0600

> It seems like Eliezer may not value beauty, which, to me, seems like an
> unfortunate tragedy. How can one who doesn't value beauty be convinced of the
> importance of art?

I value a different kind of beauty, that in "Godel, Escher, Bach", or
Bach, or Godel ... maybe even Escher ... but not Picasso and Co. I
appreciate Icon the programming language for its "suspend" and generator
functions, and quantum physics for its strangeness, and cognitive
science, on certain rare occasions, for its elegance. I think that some
Extropian pictures are "Cool". Art in the classical-painting sense,
though, is simply dead to me.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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