Re: Wertheim on extropians

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Mon, 20 Sep 1999 21:00:37 -0500

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 10:17 PM 16/09/99 -0500, Eliezer wrote in response to my comment:
> >> an `ineffable something' with no basis beyond crude animism.
> >semi-famed) Singularitarian Eliezer S. Yudkowsky thinks that we have
> >weird, mysterious, ineffable stuff going on in our neurons, and that a
> >form of uploading that neglected this would be around as hard to miss as
> >a whack upside the head with a ton of concrete. [...] The problem with
> these people
> >is that they don't actually believe in their own theories.
> I guess I must be the relevant instance of `these people'.

No, computationalists are usually far more self-consistent and self-assured than noncomputationalists. The relevant instances are people who claim that there's something ineffable about the human spirit, without making the strong and confident experimental prediction that the ineffability will show up once we start playing with uploading.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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