Re: Mind/Body dualism What's the deal?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Aug 22 2001 - 21:27:06 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:
> Anders Sandberg writes
> > I think there is an important difference between cybergnosticism as I
> > described it and simply accepting uploading as a good idea. We all seem to
> > agree that being digital and movable is a more practical form of existence
> > for human flourishing than being tied to a certain computational matrix. But
> > do you view the material world as something inherently bad, and the uploaded
> > state as inherently good?
> Let's agree that thinking the material world as something "bad" is a
> very strange notion (to say the very least), and that we do not think so.

I think the material world is inherently neutral, which in some ways is
almost as bad as active hostility. I think that a lot of the problem can
be ameliorated by putting at least one layer of abstraction between
yourself and physical reality.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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