Re: Singularity-worship

Eugene Leitl (
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 20:41:11 +0100 (MET)

On Wed, 4 Dec 1996, Eric Watt Forste wrote:
> Also, your talk of The Meaning of Life makes me uncomfortable. Life
> has many meanings, and I don't think they can all really be reduced

There is no meaning in "meaning", outside of the anthropic context. Imo,
there is no sense in lumping the interpretation, which is a property of
the observer, together with the interpreted object. (Does a tree make a
sound?). So interpretation ("meaning") would be an observer-dependent
property of the observer-phenomenon system. All we could hope for would be
darwinian-evolution-artefacted (funny... I seem to be suffering from an
acute fit of deja vu...) consensus, which is a property of the observers,
not the observed. Of course things are muddied, if observer observe other
observers, particularly from an independently fabricated batch of 'em ;)