Re: Hawking misquoted on computers taking over

From: J. R. Molloy (jr@shasta.com)
Date: Sat Sep 15 2001 - 00:46:16 MDT


> How do we know what we know?
> How do we value one collection of bits above another?
>
> Those are questions that Extropians must engage and wrestle with.

"hand-waving" = Usually insubstantial words or actions intended to convince or
impress


Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.



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