Re: Religion Key To AI?

Anders Sandberg (
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 13:55:23 +0200 (MET DST)

On Mon, 21 Oct 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> All cultures around the world and as far back as recorded history and data
> shows that all cultures have had some form of religion. Could religion be
> the key to AI?

Hmm, as far as I know, all cultures have had the common cold too. Maybe a
clogged nose is the key to AI? ;-)

> (Note: I'm still considering if this is too crazy an idea to post)

No, but you should be ready for some silliness.

More seriously, I think the Snow Crash meme/religion/consciousness idea
is intriguing, even if I don't believe in it. Religion doesn't seem to
help cognition much, but helps provide an emotional framework. Maybe we
should see it as an early and somewhat odd cognitive tool?

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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