Re: why immortality?

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Aug 06 2001 - 14:15:24 MDT

On Mon, Aug 06, 2001 at 01:28:38PM -0400, wrote:
> Given that time and space constitute a unitary spacetime, isn't it
> inconsistent or at best arbitrary for us to want to be temporally infinite
> creatures when we aren't in the least concerned that we are physically
> finite? I mean, imagine a 4-dimensional plot of our lives, with axes w,x,y,z.
> Say w is the time axis. Why should we want the graph to be unbound on that
> axis rather than x or z?

Because the goal is increased complexity/information content, and we can
only make it diverge by becoming unbounded in the time direction (we are
bounded by our lightcone at least in the others).

> Actually, I think the above is pretty silly reasoning. Just thought I'd throw
> it out there.

It may be silly, but it is not stupid.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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