Re: A scary but HYPOTHETICAL question.

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 21:35:45 MDT

>I have a place
> in the Singularity and, if I found out I had a hard time limit, the most
> valuable contribution I could make would be to try and minimize the size of
> the hole left by my departure.
> -- -- -- -- --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

You could make yourself really skinny.
That way you could slip out of the sphincter of the Singularity and it could
close very tight behind you, leaving no hole at all (or only a puckered pimple).

> many of you expressed some noble inclinations. perhaps i'm just a
> selfish bastard but, my choice would actually be so much easier if i knew
> my end were in sight. i'd probably party like there's no tomorrow (well,
> there wouldn't be) and enjoy my final days free from all fear.
> -x

Whoops! Another genetic dead end.

Alex Future Bokov ("") wrote,
> Sure it's rational if one was to take an objective viewpoint. I think Spike
> is just wondering why so many people would behave in a relatively rational
> and objective manner, in complete contradiction of classical, pre-memetic
> Darwinianism. :-)

So, like, people only behaved in a subjective manner before Darwin? Or did they
only behave in an objective manner back then? Oh, well. They probably did the
best they could. They might do better in today's world than we'd do in theirs,
don't you think?
It is interesting to wonder why people would behave sanely in an insane world.
But then, a sane person would abandon sanity in world of lunatics. So the
HYPOTHETICAL question loses its meaning when we remember the insanity of

> Actually the more I think it over, it makes total sense, more sense than
> the perennial puzzle of battlefield altruism. Humans are animals, animals
> have hardwired instinct somehow coded into the genes. Even those of us
> humans who have no desire to reproduce still have the overpowering urge
> to fuck each other's brains out, even at the possible risk of our lives.
> like the other animals, eh? Curious, but totally natural. Human kind has
> survived and prospered *because of* our natural memetic Darwinism. spike

Too bad our natural memetic Darwinism doesn't know what to do with weapons of
mass destruction except to destroy massively. The time has come to drop memetic
Darwinism, because it isn't fit for transhumans, and even less fit for extropic
Artilects and Spiritual Machines.

Stay hungry,

--J. R.
3M TA3

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