re:knowledge doubling (what sort of units? How do you count it?)

Skye Howard (
Tue, 31 Aug 1999 11:06:51 -0700 (PDT)

Hard to quantify "knowledge," though, isn't it? I suspect you mean scientific type information regarding the world around us, but how do you quantify the size of even that? Would a new type of animal be greater or lesser than a new type of medical procedure? Could you quantify knowledge at all? I suppose there might be a few ways, but I haven't ever heard of one specific enough that you could actually say, "Yes, we are absolutely twice as intelligent as (x) years ago."

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