Re: Fwd: Lanier essay of 2001.12.04

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon Dec 10 2001 - 20:58:58 MST

From: "Technotranscendence" <>
> While I agree about the "feeling" part here and the abstract also seems to
> agree with my experience, I'd like to see a study like this expanded to more
> nations, especially ones that are culturally very different. E.g., to
> samples from India or Japan. I wonder if anyone has done that in the
> meantime.

Interesting comment...
Perhaps India, Japan, etc., feel less inclined to investigate evolutionary
psychology of sexual jealousy than does the West...
What are they afraid of?
Oh, well, who cares...
The important thing is why almost everyone fears a machine capable of
accurately identifying incorrect thinking...
Lanier is one of those frightened by such machine intelligence.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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